New Delhi, Jun 24 (UNI) Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Jai Prakash Agarwal today said it was essential for the Congress to retain power in Delhi to continue the momentum of development, which only a Congress Government could take to its logical progression.
''Delhi will be doomed if power goes into the hands of a communal and irresponsible party like the BJP whose only agenda is to fool people and then try to make political capital out of it,''Mr Agarwal alleged addressing a meeting of senior DPCC office-bearers with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her Cabinet colleagues to chalk out plans for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Delhi.
Mr Agarwal said the Delhi Government had done many good things to improve civic amenities and a lot for the people, particularly the marginalised section of society. In this context, he said it was a commendable initiative that the Delhi Government has decided to construct 50,000 flats to relocate people living in the JJ clusters.
Mr Agarwal said after 1971, the Government was taking concrete steps to solve the grievances of those living in unauthorised colonies by improving the civic amenities and other facilities in a systematic manner with official sanction.
''Ms Sheila Dikshit has become the most familiar face in Delhi as the people of Delhi are quite aware about her immense contribution in changing the face of Delhi for the better.
Delhiites were now dreaming new dreams which only a Congress Government can translate into reality,''he said.
Describing the BJP as ''a hollow party with no concrete political focus'', Mr Agarwal claimedthe BJP had made it an art to say lies.
He alleged that the BJP, in league with some traders, was supporting the practice of hoarding of goods as it was anti-poor.
He said it would be in the interest of the people of Delhi, particularly the poor and the toiling masses, to keep the BJP out of power, and elect the Congress for a third consecutive term in office to serve Delhi better.
Mr Agarwal expressed confidence that Congress Party would set a record by retaining power in Delhi for the third time in a row in the coming Assembly elections, and realise the party's dream of taking the Capital to greater height of development and progress.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the Congress Party, with its rich experience to fall back on, could easily counter the BJP, which had nothing but only falsehood to propagate and confuse the people.
Besides Mr Agarwal and Ms Dikshit, others present at the meeting were Delhi Cabinet Ministers A K Walia, Mangat Ram Singhal, Rajkumar Chouhan, Dr Yoganand Shastri and Mr Arvinder Singh Lovely. Mr Haroon Yosuf could not attend the meeting due to his son's operation.
The over two-and-a-half-hour meeting was also attended by the office-bearers of the DPCC, presidents of the frontal organisations and cells and chairmen of the departments and senior leaders. Over 50 leaders also expressed their suggestions and thoughts.
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