With just four days to go for Delhi to vote, the BJP released what it has termed its Vision Document for the capital. Page 14 has landed it in trouble. The party promises to protect "North Eastern immigrants" with a slew of measures that include setting up special cells in all police stations (however, a few sentences later, it refers to "North Eastern migrants").
The opposition Congress was quick to point out the severe mistake. "People from the North East are citizens, not immigrants," said Ajay Maken, who is leading the Congress campaign for Delhi. "The BJP must apologize."
Strong criticism also erupted on Twitter.
Just got called 'immigrant' in my own country by the party that rules the country. Such sad state of affairs. #NEpeopleAreIndians- Angellica Aribam (@AngellicAribam) February 3, 2015
The BJP's vision document - about 20 pages long - covers 270 points, said Kiran Bedi, the party's Chief Ministerial candidate. The 65-year-old said women's safety will be a priority for a BJP government - Delhi is known as the rape capital of India. However, the plan that she released - which stands in for a manifesto - does not comment on whether the BJP will push for complete statehood for Delhi, a promise it had made ahead of earlier elections in the capital.