New Delhi: Will Sheila Dikshit government be able to script history by holding reins of Delhi for the fourth consecutive time as the state is going to polls at the end of this year, or episodic corruption under the nose of Congress establishment at Centre and the state could cloud over her fortunes? Will the Congress government fend off the allegations made by the Opposition and Kejriwal’s Aam Adami Party, or public anger in the wake of rising graph of crimes against women would douse the spirit of the government’s claim for goodies in Delhi.

In all the hullabaloos, the Delhi Chief Minister, in free-wheeling exclusive talk with Jagran Post, appeared nothing short of confident in coming off with flying colours in the state assembly elections.

“I go with confidence that we have done the best, though we do not have land and law & order with us. Multiple authorities are here and despite all odds whatever we have achieved is unprecedented... Now people will decide it,” she said.

Development in Delhi

Living up to the expectations of Delhiites having good literacy rate (86.34 pc) is not a cake walk for any government, however Sheila Dikshit gushingly counts the development in the last 14 years under her stewardship. “We have changed the physical face of Delhi. Good roads, better transports be it metro or busses, flyovers, hospitals and quality education have changed the façade of the state. We have pitched for clean Delhi and green Delhi. Unauthorized colonies have been regularized,” she said.

More than 35 lakhs services delivered under eSLA
1400 new vehicles added everyday to the city’s road
Delhi has 226 litre per capita water supply DTC service availed by 162 cr passengers in 2012
8007 millions unit of electricity generated locally 89.93 pc of all Delhi households have LPG connection
Around 4 lakh senior citizens receive pension in Delhi Delhi has largest CNG-driven fleet in the world
Waste to energy plant set up at Okhla Additional 100 kilometer of metro line under construction
101 CATS ambulances operate on Delhi road
5 lakh people migrate to Delhi every year
Barapullah Flyover's phase II has been recently approved 13,000 new teachers recruited during 2011-12
6 special schools have been set up for differently-abled persons 5,00,000 girls have benefited from the government’s Laadli scheme
15 Aapki Rasoi centres provide free food for homeless people 2 new districts added in Delhi for efficient administration
895 unauthorized colonies have been regularized Free text books, uniform and cash subsidies are made available to all students up to class 8

Sheila Dikshit underlines the importance of development of rural Delhi which is a sharp contrast to Lutyen’s Delhi. “For the development of rural Delhi the spotlight has been shifted to road networks which are in dilapidated condition. Earlier it was with MCD but now we have taken under us and now we are working on it,” she stated.

In poll mode

The Chief Minister seems to have sounded poll bugle, as she has attended few rallies recently, counting her achievements and giving assurances. Asked about her poll preparations, she chipped in that her government is in full throttle to complete and consolidate programmes as still eight months are left for the assembly elections. “The culture of our government is,” she firmly said, “that we work for whole 12 months, not only during the election time.”

It could be a booster dose for the Congress-led ruling dispensation at the Centre which is beleaguered with charges of corruption and malpractices, if Sheila Dikshit manages to woo voters by counting her development work during Commonwealth Games which invoked much brouhaha over huge financial bungling reported in organizing in the mega event. “Commonwealth Games were held in very good manner. However many allegations were levied but not a single one has been proved so far. We are proud that we have done it and to make it successful we worked hard,” the CM said and added that people spoiled the image of successfully held CWG for political gains.   

Focus on winning election

Asked about Rahul’s recent statement of not being in race for the prime ministerial post amidst the hoopla over Gandhi scion being potential face-off with Narendra Modi in general election 2014, she glossed over it saying that the Congress is focusing on winning election. “We are not like a party which goes around such things before election takes place. Let us first win the election and then we will take a decision in this regard,” she added.

Whether Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Adami Party scores electoral gains in the national capital, only time will say but Sheila Dikshit welcomes his foray into politics. “His credibility will be judged by how many seats he wins. He has all rights to form a political party,” she said.

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