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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
NEW DELHI, October 05, 2013
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday attacked the BJP and the AAP for being critical of her government “without any solid ground” and expressed confidence that the Congress would form government in Delhi for a record fourth time. In her first press conference after the Election Commission on Friday announced polling for all 70 seats in Delhi would be held on December 4, putting the model code of conduct in place, Dikshit said the opposition was presenting arguments that cannot be sustained.

“They’re saying they would, if elected, bring the electricity tariff down by 30 per cent. They’re not telling us how they would do so. Electricity tariff in Delhi is the lowest in the country, lower even that of in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana,” she told reporters at the Delhi Congress committee office.

“Whenever it became difficult for the people to bear the power bill, we brought subsidy. Our subsidy has covered 78 per cent of the consumers,” she said.

“AAP and BJP say there is corruption in our government. Tell me where the corruption is. People don’t become corrupt just because these two parties think so. These are cheap and baseless allegations,” she said.

Dikshit said nobody knows what are the policies of these parties. “We cannot figure what they want to set right. We don’t know how they’re going to do it. We have the courage and the confidence that the Congress will return to power for a fourth term,” she said.

Dikshit listed the Commonwealth Games, Metro, hospitals, universities, buses and flyovers as her achievements in the last 15 years.

“Our policies have based on three principles – development, comfort and sensitivity. Our manifesto will be out in a week or so. We will go to the people and tell them what we have done, what remains to be done. We have made progress; we believe in social justice,” she said.  

Senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed who accounted Dikshit said, “Some parties are saying since elections will be held in Delhi after two months from now, we have got time to prepare. I don’t agree. Five years are enough for preparation.”

He appealed to political parties to let Delhi remain Delhi. “We don’t want Delhi to achieve the target the any other world city. Delhi has done well in the last 15 years and will continue to do so.”

In an oblique reference to BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's recent ribbon-cuting remark, Ahmed said, “We will cut ribbons because you can do so only when projects are complete. Since there is a model code of conduct in place now, we will cut ribbons only after we have formed government.”

Delhi Congress president JP Agrawal took a dig at AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal and said, “Ek sahab hain jo kuchh hi dino pehle paida hue hain. He has a poor vision. He finds everything wrong. Where has he come from.”