STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 4 September
Ahead of releasing its manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) today released a booklet listing the achievements of 15 years of the Sheila Dikshit government in the Capital.
The dossier, which was released by the DPCC president, Mr J P Agarwal, party’s election in-charge Mr Shakeel Ahmed and Mrs Dikshit, has claimed that Delhi is the most prosperous state in the country with the highest growth rate of 9 per cent.
“It is to remind people about the development that has taken place in the city in the last 15 years of Congress rule. To remind the youth, who would have been three years old when Congress came to power and have now turned 18, that how city has transformed and what are the achievements of Congress rule,” Mrs Dikshit said.
The dossier focuses on infrastructure work and social security schemes under the Congress government. The Congress claimed that “it has brought Delhi from the dark age in 1997 to a city of 24-hour power”, brought down the unemployment rate while there has been improvement in the per capita income, performance of state-run schools and medicare facilities under its rule.
Mrs Dikshit said all 1500 unauthorised colonies have been cleared for regularisation and development work has started in these colonies. Development of 200 colonies facing objections by ASI and forest department has begun and a decision has been taken to regularise them, she said. The remaining 400 colonies have also been cleared by the Delhi Cabinet and Union government, the dossier said.
Mrs Diskhit said the government is planning to extend the limits of lal dora area in the Capital. She claimed her government has invested Rs 1,284 crore for development of villages around the capital in the last 10 years.
The CM cited her government’s achievements in the fields of economy, health and education. Five new hospitals have come in the last 15 years, she said, adding that several others are under construction.
The Congress leaders put up a united front and targeted the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party.
It is very easy to criticise the government but “I can make it clear that Congress is not a party which has come up overnight and also there is no infighting in the party like our main Opposition,” Mr Agarwal said.
“Our main Opposition is divided in pieces and they don’t even have a leader as the party’s face for this election as they are busy infighting,” he said.
Mr Shakeel Ahmed hoped the Congress would return to to power in Delhi for the fourth consecutive time.