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Goel brings up meltdown, employment; manages a slip of tongue

delhi Updated: Apr 05, 2009 23:33 IST
Naziya Alvi

With a promise of creating jobs for over three lakh youngsters, Vijay Goel, BJP’s candidate from New Delhi in coming Lok Sabha elections, on Sunday evening kick started his political campaign with a rally in Safdarjung Enclave in New Delhi.

In his first election rally that was meant to attract young voters, Goel targeted the UPA government for not handling meltdown tactfully.

Besides unemployment and meltdown, terrorism, inflation and praises of their prime ministerial candidate L K Advani dominated the speeches of most of the BJP leaders present in the rally to support Goel.

“I am surprised at the Prime Minister's statement asking corporates to cut salaries of employees to retain them,” said Goel, suggesting ways in which the current government could have created vacancies for youth during the slow down.

“In Delhi, there is a shortage of 50,000 beds in government hospitals. Had the government thought of fulfilling the requirement, at least three lakh people would have got jobs from the project,” said Goel. He also ensured that the BJP-led government will create better employment opportunities by developing IT and tourism sectors.

Goel, who is a first timer from New Delhi constituency, also condemned his opponent Ajay Maken, Congress’s candidate from New Delhi, for not doing enough to prevent sealing or legalizing unauthorised colonies despite being Minister of state for Urban Development.

He also managed a faux pas when he said, “In the coming elections, you will see how we will clean Delhi of the Bharatiya Janata Party and see how all five seats will go to Congress.”

The event, termed as Yuva Shakti Diwas, was attended by BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley. But it was attended by barely a thousand people.