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At Rahul rally, Dikshit calls for ‘single command’ in Delhi

india Updated: Oct 28, 2013 07:54 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
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With a multiplicity of agencies affecting “development of the city”, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday made strong a recommendation for “single command” system in the Capital.

Speaking at a public rally at Mangolpuri, Dikshit said there should be “one personality, one government” to accelerate the pace of progress.

“It took us more than four years to regularise unauthorised colonies. It (regularisation process) would not have been delayed if the Delhi government had command over all agencies. There are a number of agencies here -- the civic bodies, the Lieutenant Governor and the DDA. I request Rahul Gandhiji to solve the issue of multiplicity of agencies as it causes confusion and delayed development work,” she said.

Calling him the leader of the future, Dikshit told Rahul that 13 lakh people in the capital had signed a campaign vowing to bring the Congress back and make him the Prime Minister.

“People see in you the future.... What Delhi does today, other states (of the country) follow tomorrow,” she said, pointing at the growing demand for naming him as the party’s prime ministerial candidate for the Lok Sabha elections next year.

While the Congress has yet to release its election manifesto, Dikshit listed a number of projects that her government intends to launch if elected to power for the fourth consecutive term. With unemployment being rated one of the biggest issues among the youth of the city, Dikshit promised to skill young men and women with knowledge that will bring them on “par with western countries”.

While the Laadli scheme of the Congress government ensures that more than six lakh girl child in Delhi get a good upbringing, Dikshit said her government will now move to the second stage and start “Kabil Laadli scheme” by giving her knowledge to stand on her feet.

“Water is definitely a big issue in several parts of the city. We will improve water distribution system. We will launch Bhagidari Part 2 to make common man the part of government functioning. We want to ensure that no one is left without food, shelter, education and health,” Dikshit said.

Delhi public works department minister and local MLA Raj Kumar Chauhan referred to the colonies that surrounded the Kalamandir Maidan where the public meeting was organised and said the houses were allotted by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Delhi urban development minister Arvinder Singh slammed the recent BJP survey that put it ahead of other parties by calling it fictitious, while power minister Haroon Yusuf questioned how exactly the Opposition was planning to reduce power tariff by 30%.

Delhi Congress chief and MP Jai Prakash Agarwal took a dig at BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi while pointing out that Congress and the Gandhi family had a tradition of sacrifice.

The rally had its own share of faux pas. Delhi MLA Jai Kishan unwittingly mixed up the names of Rahul Gandhi and his father and former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991. “For this country, Rahul Gandhi has sacrificed his life,” Kishan said. AICC secretary Kuldip Nagra ended up describing Arvinder Singh as a minister of the central government.