She is perhaps the only woman Chief Minister in the country who has completed an uninterrupted tenure of 9 years and is all set to complete 10 years next year. In an interview with Amitabh Shukla, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit says she tried to take the challenges head on and turn them into opportunities. Excerpts:
Q: How do you see the last nine years as a Chief Minister of Delhi?
A: I see it with a great amount of satisfaction. Change is visible in all fields. There have been challenges on almost every front but we have met them successfully.
Q: You have now entered the election year and would face the electorate next year. How would the government and the party gear up to meet the challenge?
A: We will continue to work in the same manner, which we have been doing for the last 9 years. We have a picture of the city in mind and have dreams and would want continuity to fulfill all these. We will face the electorate with this bigger picture of development of the city.
Q: You can perhaps cite several achievements in your tenure. Do you have any regrets as far as governance is concerned?
A: We could perhaps have done much better in all fields. Had it not been for the multiplicity of authorities, we could have achieved a lot. I feel that land should be with the Delhi government along with law and order. If multiplicity ends, the decision making process would be much faster. However, we still nurse the dream to make Delhi a world-class city even with the constraints.
Q: You are the first woman CM to complete nine continuous years in office. How do you see the feat?
A: Well, this is for you people (journalists) and the citizens of the city to decide.