Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari said the party has ambitious plans for development of Delhi in various sectors and wants to wipe out the tag of "rape capital" which he alleged the city has earned during the Congress rule, stressing that tackling this issue is the "highest priority".
The party will also make efforts to set up fast track courts to deal with crime against women if it forms the next government in Delhi, wher it has been out of power for 15 years. Law and order in the national capital is handled by the Centre.
Gadkari, who is in charge of party affairs in Delhi, is confident of the party's success, saying the Sheila Dikshit government was facing "anti-incumbency" due to a host of issues, including price rise. Congress had come to power in 1998 in the wake of anger of the people over rising prices of onions. Gadkari, who is taking care of the BJP campaign in Delhi elections, dismissed reports of the Aam Admi Party damaging his party's prospects.
"When Anna Hazare himself does not have any trust in AAP, how will the people trust it," he said.
Gadkari said AAP claims to be a party of the common people but has given tickets to 'Crorepatis'. AAP candidate Shazia Ilmi has declared assets of Rs 32 crore in her affidavit.
"Arvind Kejriwal and his party members attack the BJP and Congress all the time but AAP has given tickets to those whom BJP denied a ticket," Gadkari said. He alleged that AAP is the B-Team of the Congress and is working in close coordination with Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit. "Congress is helping AAP in different ways," he claimed.
Asked what BJP feels about AAP's performance in the polls, Gadkari said, "It is not going to win but will act as a vote-katwa (vote cutter). "Anna's criticism and the recent sting have already taken the wind out of their sails. AAP will not cause any damage to BJP."