Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference at Delhi Secretariat, in New Delhi
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was upbeat after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
on Wednesday said BJP state unit chief Manoj Tiwari
will be the first to leave the national capital if the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is implemented in Delhi. Tiwari, a second-term Lok Sabha member from Delhi, hit back saying the remark exposed Kejriwal's "real face" and alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief wants to evict migrants such as 'purvanchalis'. The term 'purvanchalis' denotes people from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and over the last couple of decades they’ve become a significant part of Delhi's electorate. Tiwari, a Bhojpuri actor and singer, alleged that Kejriwal "wants to remove people from Bengal, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and other states in Delhi". Assembly elections are due in Delhi in February. Meanwhile, the Congress continued to struggle to pick its state unit chief. With Ajay Maken ruling himself out, speculation is former Lok Sabha member Sandeep Dikshit could be in contention. Dikshit, son of Sheila Dikshit, met Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday.