The victory in the Delhi assembly elections will decide who will rule the Centre next year, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said.
He was speaking during a campaign rally of his party, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), in Hari Nagar constituency here on Wednesday. "So vote consciously, and make the SAD-BJP coalition victorious," Badal told the gathering. Terming national capital as the rape capital of India, Badal said the Congress had failed to maintain law and order in the national capital region. He praised SAD-Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Hari Nagar, Shyam Sharma, as honest and sober, and his opponent, Harsharan Singh Balli, as one who worked against the interests of Sikhs and the BJP-SAD coalition. "He was behind defeating the SAD candidate in the DSGMC (Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee) elections last year, so why should Sikhs vote for him?" asked Badal.
"Everyone wants BJP's Narendra Modi as next prime minister, and I am sure people's wish will come true," said Badal, adding he could get Modi to implement any demand raised by the people of Punjab. Later, BJP's Sushma Swaraj, leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, accused the Congress of failing to control price rise.Promising sops to all residents of Delhi in the event of victory, Swaraj said in the SAD-BJP alliance would give them 25 daily-use medicines free-of-cost for life, besides one smart card each for travel aboard Metro, buses, and upcoming mono rail. She also proposed a scheme for slum dwellers, of giving them free houses at the same place.
Referring to BJP's chief ministerial candidate Dr Harshvardhan, Swaraj said he had made Delhi polio-free and, in same manner, would make Delhi Congress-free.