The Bhojpuri actor-turned politician is confident of writing a new chapter of development in this ‘neglected’ constituency that has the highest concentration of migrants from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. (Agencies)
Needless to say, the singer and superstar of Bhojpuri cinema doesn't need an introduction in this area where huge hoardings of Tiwari, wearing lime green shirt, along with BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi announce his candidature from the constituency that was carved out of east Delhi in 2008, post the delimitation exercise.
"They are my own people and unfortunately this constituency has been getting step-motherly treatment from the previous government. I want to connect with them directly and not have any air of being a star while I campaign," said Tiwari.
"There is no government hospital, recreational park, school or colleges in North East Delhi. I would first like to focus on these issues and then take on issues like traffic jams, sewerage problem, public transportation and water and electricity," he added, saying he was ready to wear the ‘crown of thorns’ to make their lives better.
"I want to write a new story. People believe that actors can't think and there have been some actors who haven't done credible work. But, I have always felt miserable to see the apathy of leaders towards people, and I thought if I had to bring change, I have to be a part of politics," Tiwari said to his supporters, who are mostly factory workers and labourers.
In the last Lok Sabha elections, Tiwari was associated with Samajwadi Party and had lost miserably from the Gorakphur seat. Even though there is 25-27 percent of Muslim population in this seventh Lok Sabha constituency, the high concentration of poorvanchali (migrants from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) would have been a factor in the BJP fielding him from here to cash in on his "stardom" and "popularity".
The Bhojpuri actor-turned politician is confident of writing a new chapter of development in this ‘neglected’ constituency that has the highest concentration of migrants from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.