As Delhi heads for polls later this year, the political climate is heating up with old charges of corruption being dug up and threats of probes and chargesheets abound.
The latest in the series of attacks on the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government comes from Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate Vijay Kumar Malhotra.
Malhotra said if his party were elected to power, all charges of corruption against the Congress government in the city would be probed.
“There are a number of scams associated with this government that have been swept under the carpet like those associated with the privatisation of power, the bungling in the public distribution system and the purchase of low floor buses at exorbitant rates. We will order probe into all these scams if we come to power,” said Malhotra.
He said the party was already busy preparing a chargesheet against the Sheila government. “The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission chairman had gone on record to say that there was a huge scam in the privatisation of power,” said Malhotra.
Asked how he would counter Dikshit’s pro-development image and the fact that she has managed to serve for two continuous terms as chief minister, Malhotra said much of it was just advertising.
“For the last four months, there are advertisements (showcasing Delhi government’s work) in four pages of different national dailies every day. This must cost Rs 30 crore to Rs 40 crore. Dikshit is able to give the impression of development because of the Commonwealth Games. The Centre is releasing a lot of many for developing infrastructure,” added Malhotra.
He said the party was also trying to bring onboard youth from all over Delhi. “We are choosing 20 young men and women at each polling booth for managing the elections,” he said.