New Delhi: Eyeing a return to power after 15 years, BJP today appealed to the people of Delhi not to "fritter away" their votes on small parties in an apparent reference to Aam Admi Party, while seeking their support to serve them.
Accusing the Congress of piling up "burden" on the common man, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said there has been strong "anti-incumbency" against the ruling dispensation across the country and a victory for the party in Delhi will lay foundation for its return to power at the Centre next year.
"There is a strong anti-incumbency wave blowing in the country. So, people want to reject Congress. You must reject it in our (BJP`s) favour and not fritter away votes on small parties that have sprung up. Defeat Congress and bring BJP to power," Swaraj said.
Addressing a number of election rallies, she also slammed Delhi government for increasing the power and water tariffs while targeting the Centre for hike in petrol prices.
"People of Delhi have been doubly burdened. While the Centre puts the weight of hiked petrol and food prices, the Delhi government puts additional burden of increased power tariff and water issues, among others," she said.
The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha enumerated the party`s plans outlined in their election manifesto released today and claimed that the Delhi elections will be the "culmination" of that anti-incumbency wave.
"There is a big anti-incumbency wave in Rajasthan and we`ll form the government there... And, in this chain, Delhi will be the last link and a win here will lay the foundation for our Lok Sabha victory next year," she said.
Speaking at Adarsh Nagar constituency in north-west Delhi, where the party has fielded Ram Kishan Singhal against sitting Congress MLA Mangat Ram Singhal, Swaraj said, "It was anything but adarsh (ideal).
"We have fielded an adarsh pratyashi (ideal candidate) for the Adarsh Nagar constituency where everything is opposite of adarsh (ideal)... No school, college, park or parking right now. But, we`ll make it really adarsh once we are voted to power," she said.
The leader had a busy schedule as after Adarsh Nagar, she addressed voters at a mall premises in Shalimar Bagh constituency where she also spoke of her party`s promises outlined in the manifesto.