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BJP levelling allegations out of frustration: Congress

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 20:59

New Delhi: Hitting back at BJP, Delhi Congress on Tuesday said the "baseless allegations" levelled by the opposition against Sheila Dikshit government reflect its "frustration" over successive electoral defeats in capital.

At a press conference, three senior Ministers of the city government -- Harun Yusuf, Raj Kumar Chauhan and Arvinder Singh Lovely -- came down heavily on Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel accusing him of trying to mislead people to win the assembly polls.

"BJP is making false allegations on every possible issue. It shows the party`s frustration. They are scared of another electoral defeat," Singh said.

Asked about BJP`s allegation that city government was hand in glove with police in removing posters and hoardings of Narendra Modi in the city, he termed it as "totally baseless" saying all the actions are being taken as per instructions of the Election Commission.

"The Election Commission is an independent body. The actions are being taken by municipal bodies and police. I think the BJP should go to the United Nations for redressal of their grievances," said Singh.

On BJP`s allegation of government hand in transfer of 21 SHOs, he said city government does not have any role in shifting of police personnel.

Earlier BJP had alleged that an "unannounced emergency" has been clamped in Delhi to manipulate poll outcome. It had slammed the removal of Modi`s hoarding and transfer of SHOs in the city and charged the police with being hand in glove with the Dikshit government.

On BJP`s attack on the government on power tariff issue, Yusuf said why Goel had never compared electricity bills of Delhi with that of BJP ruled states.

"The BJP should first reduce power rates in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and then talk about Delhi," said Yusuf.

Accusing Goel of misleading people on the power tariff issue, he said "Goel crosses all limits of distorting facts. The increase power tariff has been between 50-172 per cent in the last couple of years and not 300 per cent as claimed by the Delhi BJP chief."

On Goel`s question that why 72 lakh people in the city need subsidised food grains under the food security programme when per capita income is highest in the country, Yusuf said the legislation provides for such a coverage.

"His lack of understanding about the programme is appalling. The BJP-ruled states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have been providing such benefit to 90 per cent households," said Yusuf.

First Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 20:59

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