Cong workers to ensure no voter denied ID card

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New Delhi, Jun 7 (UNI) The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) today said the Congress workers will interact with officials concerned and voters to ensure that no voter in the national capital is denied a voter identity card for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.

This was decided by the DPCC's Executive Committee at its meeting at the DPCC office.

The meeting was chaired by DPCC president Jai Prakash Agarwal, MP, and attended by MP Jagdish Tytler, AICC secretary Maj Ved Prakash, Delhi Ministers Mangat Ram Singhal and Yoganand Shastri, MLAs Tajdar Babbar, Anil Bhardwaj, Amrish Gautam, Anjali Rai, Baljore Singh, Naseeb Singh, Malaram Gangwal, Narendra Nath and several others, DPCC office-bearers and several Municipal Councillors.

A serious and detailed discussion was held about the voter identity card verification and issuing process.

It was felt that the Congress workers should spare no effort to ensure that every eligible voter was given an identity card.

The DPCC president heaped praise on the Delhi government, for reducing LPG cylinder rate raised by the Central government which had brought a massive relief to households in Delhi.

He said Delhi was the first one to set an example with the huge reduction in the enhanced gas price. He said the Delhi government quickly responded to the advice of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to reduce the gas prices by giving a Rs 40 subsidy, which was a great humanitarian gesture.

Criticising the BJP for trying to rouse the passion of the people on the pretext of price rise, Mr Agarwal said the UPA government at the Centre was forced to raise the prices of oil and gas due to soaring prices of petroleum products in the international market about which the BJP was well aware. He said the BJP, which protects hoarders and black-marketeers, was trying to cash in politically on the issue of hike in the prices of petroleum products.

He said the Congress, after June 15, will hold conventions in every block where five workers and polling agents from every booth will be given training in view of the forthcoming Assembly elections in Delhi.

Delhi Minister Mangat Ram Singhal, who also handles the election portfolio, assured the Executive Committee meeting that it was the government's top most priority to give election identity cards to the voters and find lasting and satisfactory solutions to their complaints. He said he will personally visit the election identity card issuing centres and interact with the block presidents to ensure that every voter was issued a voter identity card.

He said from June 5, the process of issuing photo identity cards had begun and appealed to the people of Delhi to get their photo identity cards made if they did not already have one.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jagdish Tytler said the BJP had strayed from its intended course and was now resorting to street politics in a desperate bid to pick holes in the efficient functioning of the Congress-led Central government, but the communal outfit was no match for the well-entrenched Congress Party.

He said the Congress had always protected the interest of the poor, and would continue to do so, adding that the Central and Delhi governments would give them more and more concessions to make their lives smooth and pleasant. He added that in the coming Delhi Assembly elections, the Congress will record yet another victory to form the government for the third time in a row.

The meeting also discussed the strengthening of the Congress at the grass-root level and ensuring the party's victory in the coming Assembly elections.

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