Sounding the poll bugle at his maiden press conference as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi unit chief, Vijay Goel unfolded the issues his party will use to challenge the incumbent Congress in the assembly elections later this year.
Power remained on top of his list as he promised to cut electricity tariff by 30%. “We will reduce power tariff by 30% the day we assume power in Delhi,” Goel said.
Promising an alternative model of development, Goel said he wanted Delhi to grow the same way BJP-ruled states such as Gujarat, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have progressed.
“We will bring change… will bring good governance… we will solve Delhi’s problems,” he said.
Making it clear that electricity was going to be the biggest issue, Goel dared the Sheila Dikshit government and power discoms to revise the tariff. “The day revised electricity tariffs are announced, we will also announce the date of our Bijli Aandolan at Ramlila Maidan,” Goel said.
Goel’s announcement came just a day after Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kewjriwal announced an indefinite fast from March 23 against rising electricity and water tariffs.
Dismissing chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s claims of bringing Delhi at par with Paris, Goel said 80% of Delhi is in the slums.
“Our party will focus on 40 lakh people living in unauthorised colonies, 30 lakh people living in in JJ colonies, 10 lakh people in slums and 10 lakh residents of villages. No development has taken place in these areas in 14 years of Congress’ rule,” Goel added.
Goel said his party would soon appoint committees to look into various problems being faced by the residents of Delhi and suggest remedial measures.
“One of the biggest problems is the multiplicity of agencies. While the MCD has divided Delhi in 12 zones, there are 211 police districts and 11 revenue districts and seven parliamentary constituencies. People often get confused. We will create two zones in each parliamentary constituency for each body,” Goel said.