At a time when a Supreme Court directive to the Lieutenant-Governor has pushed the issue of fresh elections to the forefront of Delhi politics, former chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday said the capital should get a government as soon as possible as the common man was suffering from the lack of it.
“The common man’s daily needs such as ration cards or pension are being affected because there are no MLAs. I am told that people have not been getting pension. Welfare schemes such as Ladli Yojana are not being implemented. The common man cannot go to the secretariat or the L-G on his own,” she said.
Dikshit’s comments come even as Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung continues to hold talks with the political parties regarding government formation in Delhi. He has until November 11 to explore option on the matter and inform the apex court.
“New elections will mean expenditure. Every party, particularly the BJP, is weighing its options. The Congress and the AAP are keen on fresh polls,” she said.
According to Dikshit, bypolls in Mehrauli, Krishna Nagar and Tughlaqabad on November 25 will not break Delhi’s political deadlock.
“Even if the BJP wins all three seats, which it had earlier, they will have the same number (seats),” she said.
She, however, added that the Congress was hopeful of winning at least one seat. “The work the Congress did in Delhi is unprecedented. In the Assembly polls, there was nothing against the Congress. People just wanted a change,” she said.
Sheila said the Congress had never made unreasonable promises. “The AAP says it will slash power bills by 50 per cent and the BJP has promised a 30 per cent cut. How is it possible?” she said.