New Delhi: The political slugfest between BJP and Congress following Narendra Modi`s attack on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit intensified with the opposition party today accusing her of making "baseless" remarks against its prime ministerial candidate.
"The point raised by Modi in his speech that the Delhi CM remains busy only cutting ribbons is quite valid.
"There are a whole lot of projects where ribbons were cut and a lot of hype was created, but hardly any progress was made," said Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel.
Presenting a list of incomplete projects, Goel also challenged Dikshit to a public debate on the issue even as it hit out at her for attacking Modi.
"I am challenging Dikshit to a debate on the issue at any forum. Several projects in the health, transport and in almost every sector were inaugurated under Congress rule, but they were either scrapped halfway or continue to drag till now," he said.
In his rally in the city on Sunday, Modi had launched a blistering attack on Dikshit, calling her a ribbon-cutting chief minister, and accused her of shirking responsibilities by passing the buck.
In her counter-offensive, Dikshit had said ribbons were cut when projects are completed and that the remarks by the BJP`s PM candidate had only exposed his ignorance about the city`s administrative structure.
"As far as Dikshit`s response on power cuts is concerned, she should check the facts before making any statement. She promised she would ensure 24-hour uninterrupted power supply, but despite repeated hikes in the power tariff, Delhi witnesses long outages," alleged Goel.
As far as women`s safety was concerned, instead of helping modernise Delhi police, Dikshit has conveniently shirked her duties by making irresponsible statements, he alleged.
"The CM has not for once in the last 15 years tried to bring Delhi Police under Delhi government.
"Her own party`s home minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, had clearly said that Dikshit did not approach his ministry even once with a request to hand over Delhi Police to Delhi government," he said.
Raising the issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies, he alleged that the government had made "false promises" to 50 lakh residents living in those colonies.