Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday visited Batla House — the scene of a bloody anti-terror encounter in 2008 — and warned the people against “certain parties” who are taking the “riot route to power”.
The statement by Delhi CM comes nearly a week after she, in a veiled attack on BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, had said that under her watch there had been no riots in Delhi in the past 15 years.
“No party would be allowed to damage communal harmony. Certain parties are taking the riot route to capture power as they have become impatient while remaining in the Opposition for years. People need to keep such parties at bay as they have no plans for development. They are out to divide people and spread hatred in the society,” said Dikshit.
“During the Congress’ rule in the past 15 years, Delhi has developed by leaps and bounds. The food security programme is going to help nearly 75 lakh people in Delhi. We are committed to overcoming hunger,” said Dikshit, who visited the southeast Delhi locality to inaugurate a sewage project spread across over 12 unauthorised colonies in the Okhla assembly segment.
The political maverick Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also came under criticism from the chief minister. AAP, according to some recent pre-poll surveys, has emerged as more potent Opposition to the ruling party than the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Dikshit, however, doesn’t think so. “People don’t even consider them a party,” said Dikshit.
She said the project is going to benefit colonies such as Batla House, Ghaffar Nagar, Okhla Village, Noor Nagar, Ghaffar Manzil, Hazi Colony, Noor Nagar Extension, Okhla Vihar, Jasola among others.