Manoj Tiwari to be Delhi BJP chief?
Bhojpuri actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari has emerged as a frontrunner for the post of Delhi BJP president, as per a media report.
Delhi: Actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari has emerged as a frontrunner for the post of Delhi BJP president, as per a media report.
Mail Today quoted sources as saying that the BJP MP from North East Delhi, is ahead of senior leaders Pawan Sharma and East Delhi MP Maheish Girri.
They are also said to be in the fray.
Tiwari joined the party in 2013 and won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from North East Delhi.
The website also quoted sources as saying that he could make a surprise entry to PM Narendra Modi's Cabinet.
At the same time, it has reportedly been left to Tiwari to take a final call, sources said.
Moreover, the website quoted a senior Delhi BJP leader as saying that the 'outsider' tag was no longer associated with the North East Delhi MP.
Importantly, his elevation may help the BJP in mobilising migrant population from Eastern UP, Bihar and Jharkhand who are said to be nearly one-third of Delhi's total electorates.
To be noted is the fact that in the last Assembly elections, the poorvanchali voters had drifted towards the Aam Aadmi Party.
Meanwhile, the other contender, Pawan Sharma, a longtime RSS activist, is at present a vice-president of Delhi BJP and has held the post of general secretary in the state.
On the other hand, current Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay, who has been a councillor and former chairman of the Standing Committee in South Delhi Municipal Corporation, has been in the line of fire after party's rout in 2015 Assembly polls.
Apart from being a politician, Tiwari is a singer, actor, television presenter and music director and has been a popular actor of Bhojpuri films.
Earlier, he had contested the 2009 national elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket.