On 12 May, Sunday, voters in Northeast Delhi will decide whether to send sitting MP Manoj Tiwari back to Parliament. They also have the option of turning to an even more familiar face—three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who is contesting an election for the first time after her shock defeat to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal in 2013, and AAP’s Dilip Pandey.
Tiwari, a popular Bhojpuri actor and singer, had defeated AAP’s Anand Kumar in the Puravanchal-dominated (Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) constituency in 2014 with a margin of over 1.4 lakh votes. Scroll pointed out that Tiwari, who’s from Bihar, has created quite a few controversies in his tenure.
He invited the Supreme Court’s wrath for breaking the lock of a house sealed by municipal officers (the top court closed contempt-of-court proceedings in November) and more recently, drew flak for campaigning in military fatigues after the Balakot airstrikes.
Tiwari has said that his campaign promises include maintenance of roads and drainage system, as well as restoring the Yamuna floodplains.