Sheila Dikshit terms Delhi BJP a `divided house`

Last Updated: Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 22:51

New Delhi: Setting her eye on an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the upcoming Assembly polls, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday launched a blistering attack on the BJP, terming it as a "divided house" which does not have any development agenda for the city.
Addressing a rally at Sangam Vihar area of South Delhi, Dikshit accused BJP of trying to grab power by misleading people of the city on various issues.

"The opposition in Delhi has no development plans and issues. It is a divided house.
"Our party and our government stands for the basic needs like `roti, kapda and makan`. Our government has performed exceptionally well during the last 15 years. We work with a sense of service," she said.

The Delhi unit of BJP has been grappling with the problem of factionalism.
Dikshit also ridiculed BJP for changing three chief ministers during its five year rule in the city between 1993 and 1998.

"They changed three Chief Ministers during their regime of five years as they were all-out to play with the sentiments of people. Today, they are making unbelievable promises. Their intention is to mislead people with an aim to harvest political gains," she said.

The BJP government between 1993 and 1998 saw three chief ministers --Madan Lal Khurana (1993-1996), Sahib Singh Verma (1996-1998) and Sushma Swaraj (1998).

She asked the people to decide about supporting any party in the election on the basis of what is visible to them and not on the basis of "unbelievable promises".

"Our government has been taking care of all sections of the society and has been involved in uniform development of the city.

"The earlier government had nothing to do with
development and progress of the city," she said, taking a dig at the BJP.

The BJP has already announced that power tariff in the city will be slashed by 30 per cent, if it comes to power in the assembly polls.

On power tariff, Dikshit said electricity rates in Delhi are much cheaper as compared to other metropolitan cities.

"Our government has been changing the face of Delhi. It has been taking decisions not taking into any political consideration whereas the main opposition is coming out with exaggerated and impossible announcements," Dikshit said.

Diskhit`s aggressive attack on BJP came on a day when the opposition party launched an agitation demanding her resignation in the wake of a city court ordering registration of FIR against her for alleged misuse of public funds in an advertisement campaign ahead of assembly polls in 2008.

Alleging that BJP was trying to "mislead" people for political mileage, Dikshit said her government has performed and delivered upto the satisfaction of people in the last 15 years.
"Our governments at Centre and Delhi have always remained sympathetic and sensitive to the needs of the poor, downtrodden, rural population and weaker sections," she said.

Congress MP from South Delhi Ramesh Kumar and Urban Development Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely was also present at the rally.

"The earlier government in Delhi was not at all sensitive to the needs of people whereas our government has strived hard to turn rural parts into developed habitats.

"The government had kept its promise and the biggest unauthorised colony of Sangam Vihar was protected from demolition. The development works in around 1400 unauthorised colonies including Sangam vihar are going on," she said.

Talking about water scarcity in Sangam Vihar, Dikshit said steps are being taken to improve water supply in the area.

The chief minister said government was aware about activities of "water mafia" in the area and concrete measures are being taken to deal with them.

"No one in Sangam Vihar would be deprived of drinking water. The hurdle in regularising portions of Sangam Vihar has been resolved," she added.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 22:51

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