MCD polls: Dikshit downplays BJP`s win
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 21:53
  
New Delhi: After the Congress' rout in MCD elections, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday used sarcasm to downplay BJP's victory and accused it of creating a "tragic situation" by bringing top leaders like Nitin Gadkari to campaign for the local polls.

"It was an MCD election in which the rather tragic situation was that no less a person than the BJP's president Nitin Gadkari had to come down for it. And here (in Congress) there are tiny little leaders trying to fight big leaders. Good! Congratulations!," Dikshit told reporters on the sidelines of a book launch here.

Responding to questions on Congress' defeat, she alleged that the BJP ran a "vicious campaign" in the polls by raising issues like price rise and corruption which can hardly be considered local issues.

"It was a vicious campaign and we couldn't match that. They raised corruption and price rise, as if there is no price rise in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat or anywhere else. It was vicious and confusing, they played with the minds of the people," she said.

Despite a shocking defeat, Dikshit who has been ruling the capital for nearly 14 years remained unperturbed and said polls for MCD should be looked just as civic polls.

"This is the municipality polls, don't equate it with central government or even the state government. It's a pure and simple municipality, like Panchayat polls. This is like a city panchayat," she said.

On unauthorised colonies, she said, "We have decided that work has to start immediately towards unauthorised colonies and if there are some problems where the ASI or the forest department is concerned, we will leave them aside. But the other work we should continue where there are no problems."

Ruling out a BJP ruled-MCD dampening their development efforts, Dikshit said, "Even last time they were there. Let us see what happens because they have got far less seats this time than what they got last time. So let us hope our people will keep them on their toes."

PTI


First Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 21:53


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