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Delhi`s development model far better than Gujarat`s: Sheila Dikshit

PTI | Last Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 22:39

New Delhi: Stepping up her offensive against Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday said the development model of her government was "much better" than the one adopted by her Gujarat counterpart and accused him of spreading "hatred and division" for political benefit.

Speaking at a meeting at Nangloi area in North West Delhi, Dikshit, who is eyeing an unprecedented fourth electoral victory in the December 4 assembly polls, said the development model of her government cannot be compared at all with that of Gujarat where significant section of people were left out of the development process.

"The development model of Gujarat and Delhi cannot be compared at all. The development model in Delhi has ensured inclusive growth while in Gujarat, a large section of the society were deprived of various benefits. Ours is a much better development model than the Gujarat one," Dikshit said.

Highlighting achievements of her government, she said, "We ensured all round development and welfare of all sections of society. There was no discrimination here but in Gujarat certain sections of the people were left out from the development process."

Accusing Modi of "dividing" communities to gain political mileage, she said the "much hyped Gujarat development model" has not been able to even address the problem of malnutrition among significant section of people in the BJP-ruled state.

"The Congress government cares and shares. We at least do not propagate and promote hatred and division like him," she said.

Exhorting people not to be carried away by "false promises" of BJP and Aam Admi Party, Dikshit asked them to elect a government which is "tested, tried and trusted".

"Elect a government which is tested, tried and trusted. Don`t be carried away by the false promises of BJP and Aam Admi Party," she said.

"The Opposition parties are misleading the citizens on various issues including power. I am confident that people are not going to be mislead and as they know we have performed.

"The development here in Delhi is much visible. We will ask people to support us on the basis of our performance," she said.

Exuding confidence of coming to power for the fourth successive term, Dikshit said though her government has changed the face of the city in the past 15 years, a lot of work is yet to be completed.

"We are confident of our victory. I think people will repose their confidence in us again," she said.

In her address, she listed various achievements of her government in the past 15 years in diverse sectors education, healthcare, infrastructure and transport.

Talking about the vibrant economic situation of the city, she said that the highest per capita income in Delhi is "one shining example of our achievement".

The city can boast of having around 24 institutions of higher education including six state level universities commissioned by Delhi government, she said.

"The percentage of girl`s enrollment is higher in Delhi than a number of other states. Ours is a prosperous and developed state as we ensured rapid development along with prosperity," she said.

"We provide monthly pension up to Rs 1,500 to the aged, widows and physically challenged persons. Has any other state government provided a similar amount?" she asked.

Talking about women`s empowerment, she said her government has provided 50 per cent reservation of seats in the civic body for women.

"We were the first government to reserve 50 per cent seats in civic bodies in the country," she said.

First Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 20:54

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