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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

100 days of BJP’s ‘failures’: A report by Cong

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 08, 2014
First Published: 01:31 IST(8/7/2014) | Last Updated: 01:34 IST(8/7/2014)

The Congress plans to present a ‘report card’ of the BJP government’s functioning at the Centre, with special focus on Delhi, highlighting its failures in its first 100 days.

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Congress sources said they were launching a systematic campaign to unearth the BJP’s failures in its first 100 days, especially in Delhi where there is currently no elected government.

Party sources said they had already started collecting data from various departments on the number and nature of complaints registered every week and how many of them actually get resolved.

The party is filing applications under the Right to Information Act to get authenticated data from government files to back up its case. The same data would be relayed back in the form of a report card.

Party workers are keeping track of the grievance mechanism run by the L-G and are encouraging people to call the party’s state headquarters with their complaints.

A senior Congress leader said all decision-making powers in the city-state were currently with the Central government as the Assembly was in suspended animation.

“It is ultimately the union home ministry, which oversees the Delhi affairs, which is responsible if the development projects are stuck or routine work is not paralysed,” a senior Congress leader said, requesting anonymity.

Power and water crisis in Delhi reached its peak this year, almost at the same time the BJP-led NDA government took oath at the centre. Senior Congress leaders alleged that all development works in unauthorised colonies had come to a standstill while senior citizens and other beneficiaries were running around for pension.

Despite being approved by the central government, the MLA local area development funds had yet not been released.

“We are making a log of everything. Certain departments are sharing the data. In some, we are filing applications under the Right to Information Act to get relevant information,” a senior Congress functionary said. “Youth Congress workers have been assigned the job to collate data in the form of a report card.”

A re-election is likely in Delhi in the next few months. After a poor run in both the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections and Lok Sabha elections in April this year, the Congress has now become active and staging frequent protests across the city.

Senior party functionaries said public memory was very short and if they managed to highlight the BJP’s failure, they would have an opportunity to increase their vote share and seats in the next assembly elections.


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