Delhi is in ICU,there is a scam in every sector,says Harsh Vardhan

Harsh Vardhan said now all the work was in the field.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: October 25, 2013 1:00 am

A day after being anointed BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the Assembly polls in Delhi,Harsh Vardhanattacked the Congress government in the state and pledged to stamp out corruption if his party was voted to power.

Promising “radical changes” in governance and a transparent and corruption-free administration,he said if need be,he would bring in modern technology in government functioning to weed out corruption. “Even if I need to visit Bangalore or Chennai to get this technology,I will not think twice before getting the software that will make workings of the government more transparent,” Harsh Vardhan said,addressing his first press conference after being named the CM candidate.

Listing the issues on which the party was going to fight the elections,Harsh Vardhan said,“We have to open fronts on all issues,be it roads,electricity,healthcare,education,Yamuna,JJ slums,unauthorised colonies regularisation,ration cards and the PDS. There is a scam in every sector… The Congress snatched away dal and vegetables from the plate of the common man and now he cannot even eat chapatti with onion,” he said,blaming the Congress for the food inflation.

“The Delhi of my childhood had a beautiful Yamuna. It enjoyed 24-hour water supply… Today,the same Delhi has a polluted Yamuna and the roads of the city are not safe for women. Delhi is in ICU,” he said.

Attacking the government on power tariff,Harsh Vardhan said if the BJP came to power,it will focus on large-scale use of solar energy.

“There is also a need to strengthen old institutions,” he said.

Harsh Vardhan,who refrained from personal attacks on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,promised a “people’s government”. He said if voted to power in Delhi polls,the BJP would give Delhi a “people-friendly government with a healing touch”.

To quell talks of differences and infighting in the party,Harsh Vardhan addressed the press conference flanked by Delhi election in-charge Nitin Gadkari,Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly V K Malhotra and Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel. He had projected himself as the party’s candidate for the top job. In a recent show of strength,Goel paraded his supporters in front of senior party leaders and demanded that he be made the CM candidate,citing opinion polls.

Since Harsh Vardhan addressed the press from the party’s Ashoka Road office and not the Delhi BJP office,it led to speculation that the national leadership would closely monitor preparations for the Assembly polls and ticket distribution,and that the CM candidate would turn more to the central leadership for consultation.

Asked if he had decided on an office from where he wished to work,Harsh Vardhan said now all the work was in the field.

After selection,thank you note

A day after he was anointed the CM candidate,Harsh Vardhan thanked a string of leaders: Rajnath Singh “for presiding over the decision to bless me as CM candidate for the Delhi elections”,“master strategist” of BJP Arun Jaitely,Nitin Gadkari,L K Advani and members of the Central Parliamentary Board,“great soul” Sushma Swaraj,Swaraj Kaushal and Narendra Modi,and “dear” Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

AAP is B-team of Congress: BJP

Nitin Gadkari said Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP was a B-team of the Congress. “In every election,the Congress floats tiny parties to harm BJP votes and,this time,AAP has been floated by the Congress to dig into our votes. And we should not take Kejriwal’s statements seriously. I think they are insignificant,” he said.

Polls will end Delhi’s 15-year exile: BJP

Exuding confidence of his party’s victory,Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the people of Delhi were in “exile for the last 15 years” and that was going to end in December. “The people of Delhi were in exile. But now the exile will end and the (BJP) government will be formed. It will be a Ram Rajya,” he said.

Gadkari praises Goel’s leadership

At BJP’s press meet,Nitin Gadkari did not forget to thank Vijay Goel. He praised Goel for his hard work and credited him for Narendra Modi’s successful rally in Delhi. He also said the Delhi BJP had three leaders — Harsh Vardhan,V K Malhotra and Vijay Goel (ignoring the others on stage,including Vijender Gupta and Jagdish Mukhi). “We are a democratic party and not a party of maa-beta,so it took time to decide on the CM candidate,” he said.

On the issue of CM nominee,Gadkari complimented Goel for accepting the party’s decision “wholeheartedly”. ENS & PTI

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