New Delhi: Taking responsibility of whatever happens, BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari urged party workers not to lose hope as early trends will change after 12 noon. “Trends indicate that there is a gap between AAP and BJP. There is still time. We are hopeful. Whatever the outcome, being the State Chief I am responsible,” the BJP chief said, while the counting is going on.

 

Early on Tuesday, however, Manoj Tiwari expressed high hopes of BJP winning 55 seats and thus wresting Delhi from the AAP.

Manoj Tiwari became Delhi BJP chief in 2016. Under his leadership, BJP won a record victory in 2017 MCD elections. For the BJP, Manoj Tiwari is a magnet for Delhi’s Purvanchali voters. Who are these Purvanchalis? They are people from Eastern UP and Bihar, now settled in Delhi. Various reports suggest that one-third of Delhi’s population is made up of purvanchalis.

In the 2009 general election, Manoj Tiwari contested as a Samajwadi Party candidate from Gorakhpur Lok Sabha and lost to Yogi Adityanath. In 2014, he won from North East Delhi.