Launching the campaign on the birthday of Narendra Modi, BJP president Rajnath Singh said that he was confident of party's victory in the polls as the "banbaash" (banishment) does not last beyond 14 years. He cited the development model of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for good governance.

"The BJP government has been in ‘banbaash’ for the last 14 years. But this is also true that banbaash does not last beyond 14 years and like Lord Ram, in Delhi too, in this 15th year BJP will be accepted by the people," Singh said addressing a gathering at Talkotara stadium.

Describing Delhi as heart of the country, he said if BJP wins love of people of Delhi, then it would also storm back to power at the Centre. "Delhi is India's heart. If one wants victory, one has to win the heart and if one does that, we will become victorious in the country as well," he said in the presence of senior party colleagues Nitin Gadkari, Venkaiah Naidu and Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Slamming the Congress government in Delhi for "failure" in various areas, he cited Modi's development model and said it has now become a model state in the entire country. "Small countries within a span of 15 years become developed countries but under the Congress rule, Delhi has remained backward. Within 10 years, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has developed the state and devised such a development model that it has become a model state for the entire country," Singh said.

"In Madhya Pradesh, when BJP was not in power, it was considered to be sick state but Shivraj Singh Chouhan in just seven years, brought the state amongst the developed ones in the country. Chhattisgarh too is an example in the same context," he said.

Singh also attacked the Delhi government for hike in power and water tariffs. "Not only in Delhi's history but in the country's history, in a span of 3-4 years, the rate of electricity has increased by 20 percent and water by 1,000 per cent. Half of the population of Delhi resides in slums," he said.

Asking the party workers to put up a united fight in the polls, he said if BJP can form government in Delhi then it would be able to form government at the centre as well. "We have started the journey of politics just not to make a government but to make our society and the country," he said.

In his address, he also cited performance of the NDA government and attacked the Centre for failing to keep the momentum. "Three-four years back, US president Barack Obama had visited Delhi and addressed both the Houses of Parliament. He had then said that India is not an emerging country but an emerged country. This was said because under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, there was accelerated development and the momentum that was gained then, continued till 2009-10," he said.

Addressing the rally, Delhi election in charge of the party, Gadkari urged all the party workers to work together and put up a united fight against Congress. "We will win by two-third majority," said confident Gadkari. He said to ensure affordable power supply in Delhi, the BJP will implement household power model and encourage extensive generation and use of solar energy.

He said the party will provide tickets to only those who will win the elections. "There are 70 seats and 1200 candidates are vying for it. One who does not get ticket should not get angry. We are fighting to work for the country," he said.

Gadkari said if BJP comes to power in Delhi, then it will ensure 24 hour supply of water and electricity to people. "A system can be devised under which when somebody's house is closed, the electricity can be provided to other households. If Delhi can be made like Paris, then it is only the BJP who can do it," he said.

Gadkari also attacked the Centre for "mismanagement of the economy". "The country is going through a rough phase due to economic mismanagement. When we got our Independence in 1947, the value of one rupee was one dollar but now it is Rs 68. Inflation has reached sky high and onion price is touching Rs 80. But still Congress is saying 'Congress ka haath garibo ke saath'," he said.

"Given the economic scenario of the country, the corruption, inflation and security, if somebody can save the country and give its power, it is Narendra Modi," he said.

Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel said the people are fed up with 15 years of "misrule" of Congress. "The Congress had sold dream of making Delhi another Paris. But it has turned the city into a slum," he said.

Goel said if BJP comes to power then it will provide medical insurance to all citizens of Delhi, houses to slum dwellers and ensure safety of women. He said a four per cent relaxation in cut off marks for admission in Delhi University will be granted to students from Delhi.

"We will reduce power tariff by 30 percent and provide water to all. We will clean Yamuna and revive it in a time- bound manner," he added.    Senior Delhi BJP leaders VK Malhotra and Harshavradhan were also present.

(Agencies)

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