On her quest for a record fourth-term in power in the national Capital, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit hit the dirt-track on Sunday, canvassing support for her party in the face of mounting challenges not just by arch-rival BJP but also the debutante AAP.
A day before campaigning closes for the Delhi assembly polls, Dikshit joined two padyatras and attended eight public meetings.
Delhi’s CM for the past 15 years, Dikshit joined the party supporters on foot in Gole Market and Sarojini Nagar. She then left for public meetings, eight in all, at places such as Madanpur Khadar, Burari, Ashok Vihar and Inderlok.
Trying to make amends for ignoring Madanpur Khadar last time, Dikshit said her government would make sure the basic needs of the people in the area were met if she returned to power.
“I admit that this area is not as developed as many other parts of Delhi are but I will make sure that the area gets a hospital and schools in the coming five years if the Congress is voted back to power,” Dikshit said at the well-attended meeting.
Urging people to make use of the policies and schemes launched for them by her government, Dikshit showered the gathering with poll promises.
“The area is already on its way to getting a Metro line soon. We will lay water pipeline in the area,” she said.
Dikshit was joined by singer Daler Mehndi, who joined the party in September.
A large number of people said they would weigh all options before they voted for any party.
“No other political party has held a public meeting here till now though members of the Aam Aadmi Party are knocking on our doors. There is a lot to be done here and we will think hard before we cast our vote,” said Surisha Devi, who was part of the women-dominated gathering.
Dikshit focused on the development work carried out in the city in the other public meetings.
“Delhi belongs to everybody and the city has been providing similar amenities to one and all irrespective of their state of origin, caste, creed, language and religion,” she said.
Monday will be an equally busy day for Dikshit as she plans to cover eight more parts of Delhi before campaigning stops in the city at 5 pm.
She will be visiting various parts of south Delhi, including Malviya Nagar, Chhatarpur and Sangam Vihar.