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Delhi polls: Vardhan targets govt over women safety

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 20, 2013
First Published: 00:26 IST(20/11/2013) | Last Updated: 00:28 IST(20/11/2013)

The BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, Harsh Vardhan, has criticised the Delhi government for doing little to make Delhi safer for women.

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Blaming Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for her “escapist attitude”, Vardhan said Dikshit tries to wash her hands of the ‘poor law and order situation’ by giving excuses that her government did not have control over Delhi police.

“She could have done her bit to make the city safer. I get desperate to get in touch with my 22-year-old daughter if she is out and doesn’t answer my call after 8 pm. This is the story of most parents in Delhi,” he said.

Vardhan said poorly-lit stretches are one of the major reasons for rising crime against women in Delhi. “Despite being a woman chief minister, she has not been able to ensure women’s safety. The least she could have done was to ensure these stretches are properly lit.  Even the most advanced countries have reduced crime against women by taking such steps,” Vardhan said.

The former health minister claimed that the last 15 years of Congress rule in Delhi have only been peppered by scams, corruption and price rise. “All we hear these days is about the scams that have taken place during their tenure. Be it the Commonwealth Games scam, transport scam or the Delhi Jal Board scam. Delhi has lost a lot in the last couple of decades. We want to restore the lost faith of the people by giving them a transparent government.”

Hitting out at the Aam Aadmi Party, he said it will be a fight between the Congress and AAP for the second position, as people had already made up their mind to make the BJP victorious. Dismissing the possibility of a ‘hung assembly’, Vardhan said that Delhiites will not waste their votes. “They take the right decision at the right time,” he added.

He said that Dikshit was one of the very few ‘lucky’ chief ministers to get 15 years’ tenure but she had failed to resolve the problems ailing the city.

“She is behaving in a despotic manner. She promises providing houses, cheap ration, ration cards, and jobs to the poor and the needy just before the elections but starts treating the poor in a step motherly way after winning the elections,” said Vardhan.

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