BJP to raise electricity, women safety issues in Delhi polls

Electricity crisis and safety of women in the national capital will be among the slew of issues on which BJP will take on Congress in Delhi polls.

New Delhi: Electricity crisis and safety of women in the national capital will be among the slew of issues on which BJP will take on the Congress in the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls.

Setting BJP`s agenda for the upcoming state polls, BJP state chief Vijay Goel said, "The executive committee has decided that BJP will target villages, slums, electricity crisis, women safety, youth issues and water management for the 2013 Assembly polls, as the current government has failed to address these issues."

"The political proposal was put forward by BJP State Vice-President Ramesh Bidhuri and supported by MLA Subhash Sachdeva," Goel said in a press conference after the first meeting of its state executive committee here.

Alleging that the Delhi government doesn`t cooperate with the BJP-led MCDs, Goel said, "The money which should have reached the Municipal Corporations by first week of May has still not reached any of our three MCDs. This clearly marks the state government`s negligence towards administration."

"We would organise a giant rally in Ramlila Maidan in August over power crisis in the city," he said.

Goel claimed that BJP is setting the agenda which the Congress-led Sheila Dikshit government is following.

BJP also passed a political resolution at the meeting pitching for `full statehood` for Delhi.

On a question about rumours of several senior leaders skipping the meet and Madan Lal Khurana`s early exit, Goel said almost everybody was present.

"Madan Lal Khurana had some urgent work so he left after spending some time at the meet," he said.

When asked about reasons of BJP`s defeat in the last Assembly polls, Goel said it was due to poor selection of candidates.

The meet was inaugurated by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi and presided over by Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel. BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar gave the closing speech.

In a bid to attract youth, Goel said, "When we had come
to power in 1967, we had opened 18 colleges. Since then the number of seats have been stagnant at 54,000. If we are voted to power, we will open 15 new colleges in the city. BJP will also provide books and laptops to all students at concessional rates."

The BJP state chief said that the new model for development in Delhi would incorporate common man`s view point and would be inclusive.

Goel claimed that BJP`s rule in the state in 1993 was more pro-people and better administered.

When asked about his formula to solve the electricity problem in the state and bringing down the tariff, Goel said that participation of more private players should be there which would ensure competition. He also said that more power stations should be set up in the state for local consumption.

He also told reporters that the state BJP will organise a minority conclave on June 23.

Goel also welcomed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s anointment as the party`s campaign in charge for the next Lok Sabha elections.