The BJP is clutching at national issues, while the Congress is going local in the run-up to the MCD polls.
In doing so, each party is trying to set the agenda for the civic polls to be held on April 15. The Congress, pilloried in the pan- Indian scenario, is desperately trying to limit the poll debates to local issues.
The BJP, eager to exploit its opponents over rows on corruption and price rise, is doing just the opposite.
BJP’s national president Nitin Gadkari said: “I hope that the vote cast in the MCD elections will be a referendum on the corrupt and directionless governments led by the Congress party in the Centre and the Capital”. Along with Venkaiah Naidu and state BJP leaders Vijender Gupta, Dr V. K. Malhotra and Harshvardhan, Gadkari released a booklet that counted “every corruption and scam” perpetrated by the Congress.
“We are hoping that these will become the talking points for the people of Delhi and the candidates who are asking for votes.
They have to decide whether they want a corrupt Congress or the BJP’s clean governance (in the MCD),” Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said.
The booklet counts most of the recent corruption- related controversies and takes direct pot- shots at Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit over her alleged involvement in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) scam. Gadkari advised Dikshit to resign from her post and even questioned her government’s defence of PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan despite the Lokayukta’s recommendations.
“They (the Congress) asked our (BJP’s) Karnataka CM to resign after an adverse Lokayukta report but apply different standards to themselves,” Gadkari said.
Within a few hours of Gadkari’s comments, the Congress came out with an angry rebuttal. Dikshit questioned the rationale behind the BJP national president not talking about the work done by his party in the MCD. “Why did he not speak about the MCD?” Dikshit questioned, adding “the BJP thinks it is smart in not talking about its work in MCD, but the people of Delhi are smarter. They will certainly be able to distinguish between MCD issues and the state issues. The state issues and the central issues should be discussed at the time of their respective elections; these are the civic polls,” Dikshit said.