BJP, Cong up attack ahead of Cantonment poll

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New Delhi, May 13 (UNI) Congress and Opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party today launched a series of attacks and counter-attacks on each other ahead of the crucial Delhi Cantonment Board elections slated later this week.

While both the parties today announced eight candidates each for as many Board seats, they also took the opportunity to trash each other's claims on development of Delhi and the Cantonment area.

The DCB polls, slated for May 18 are crucial as the popularity of the two rivals is at stake ahead of the Assembly elections due later this year.

Announcing the list, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president J P Agarwal said his party had an edge over its rivals in the forthcoming election as Congress had carried out a ''more serious'' effort for the betterment of the electorate.

''They (BJP) only believe in talking and making wild allegations... we believe in hard ground work aimed to help the common man,'' he said.

He went on to charge BJP's Delhi unit chief Harshvardhan with making no sincere effort to help the people. ''All they can do is sit on a fast-unto-death and have a glass of juice before photographers the next day,'' he said.

The BJP on its part alleged that Congress had put up a nominated member on its own, who had usurped power of all the eight candidates of the Board and ruled unscruplously for last so many years without the people's mandate.

''The elections are a result of our efforts,'' said Dr Harshvardhan.

Mr Agarwal said BJP was in power at the Centre for six years.

''Why did they not take actions,'' he said adding that ''it is easy to level charges but very hard to take action.'' Like BJP, Congress too announced names of three women for the Board election.


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