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Delhi Civic Polls: Congress plays communal card and BJP talks development.

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  1. Anish

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    Sheila rakes up Modi, skirts civic issues - The Times of India

    Sheila rakes up Modi, skirts civic issues

    NEW DELHI: Steering clear of civic issues or development plans, chief minister Sheila Dikshit centered on one topic in her speech at Muslim-dominated Old Delhi - Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Dikshit, who in the last one week of campaigning has delivered dozens of public speeches revolving around municipal trifurcation and women's reservation, entirely shifted the focus to Modi at her Ballimaran address and reminded people of BJP's saffron image.

    "They (BJP) often say that their next PM would be Narendra Modi but they never call him for campaigning in polls. This is because they know that if he ever comes here he will be stoned by people," said Dikshit at a public meeting in Sadar Thana late on Friday evening.

    So far, Congress has been targeting BJP for raising national issues in municipal elections but on Friday it treaded the same path. "Our party takes everyone under its wings, irrespective of caste, community or region," said Dikshit. Barely a few hours earlier, Dikshit addressed a similar election meet in Defence Colony but her speech saw no mention of Modi or any caste. She gave details of candidates who are educated professionals and spoke about party's development plans.

    Power minister and MLA from Ballimaran constituency Haroon Yusuf only added fuel to the fire. "BJP's only aim is to sow the seeds of hatred in the hearts of the two communities. When leaders like Sheila Dikshit try to hold the hand of their weak children (Muslims), they accuse them of appeasement," he said.

    While Dikshit restricted her speech to the 2002 Gujarat riots, Yusuf went one step ahead by discussing the Babri Masjid demolition and its aftermath. "You have to vote for Congress for the sake of peace. We are fighting for development and secularism," he added.

    On the concluding day of campaigning, Dikshit held meetings at Defence Colony, Arjun Nagar-Safdarjang Nagar, Pandav Nagar, Majnu ka Tila, GT Road, Lal Bagh, Rana Pratap Bagh, Sadar Thana Road and Bara Hindurao.

    Earlier, Dikshit slammed the BJP for tarnishing her government's image accusing it of corruption in the CWG games. "If any of their allegations or anything stated in Shunglu committee report is proved, I am willing to face any punishment," she said. She emphasized on having Congress presence in the corporation to improve the coordination of work. "You already have a Congress MLA and MP (Kapil Sibal), if you have a councillor from the same party it will double the pace of work," she added.

    Dikshit takes on Gadkari, IBN Live News

    Dikshit takes on Gadkari



    New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) Rejecting allegations of graft, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today took a pot shot at BJP for fielding it president Nitin Gadkari in the campaign for municipal polls and claimed that the party was raising "national" issues to hide it "failures". "He (Gadkari) is raising national issues for municipal polls. Why the party is not talking about its performance in MCD in the last five years," Dikshit said when asked about Gadkari releasing a dossier listing alleged scams involving Delhi Government. Taking a dig at Gadkari for showing keen interest in municipal polls, Dikshit said, "It is very strange that he is here for municipal polls. He is a national leader". "They have totally failed to deliver basic services to the citizens. They have nothing to talk about their performance. That is why they are raising national issues," she said and noted that civic polls should be fought on issues relating to the civic agencies. Besides its chief J P Agarwal, the Delhi Congress also fielded two ministers -- Arvinder Singh Lovely and Haroon Yusuf -- to attack the BJP, which currently rules the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. While Agarwal hit out at the BJP for raising house tax, toll tax and parking charges in the past five years thereby "burdening" people, Lovely claimed that the Delhi Transport Corporation had to withdraw its low-floor buses from roads laid by the MCD as they were bad. "The elections are to elect councillors for the MCD. It is MCD elections. Why is BJP's campaign focused on the Centre and the Delhi Governments? Why can't they talk about local issues?" Lovely asked at a press conference. He also alleged that the BJP had failed in all counts while governing the MCD since 2007 and wondered whether even MCD employees go to hospitals run by it for treatment. Elections to newly-carved three municipalities are scheduled on April 15 and the high-voltage campaign in the run up to it have pitted the two principal players against each other on a host of issues. Earlier in the day Gadkari, after releasing the dossier "Dilli mein Ghotalebajon ki Sarkar" (the government of scamsters in Delhi)", launched a blistering attack on Delhi government accusing it of involvement in large scale corruption and appealed to people to vote for BJP in the civic polls to be held on April 15.


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    Accused in serial blasts, candidate contends Delhi civic polls

    Amidst the poll frenzy in the national capital, a mother is preparing for a different battle. Hoping to highlight her son’s innocence through electoral victory, Shakira Begum, whose son is accused of being involved in the 2008 serial blasts in Delhi and Ahmedabad, is canvassing door to door for the Delhi civic polls.

    Ziya Ur Rehman, lodged in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati prison, is an independent candidate in the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections from South Delhi’s Zakir Nagar area.

    Abdul Rehman (left), Ziya Ur Rehman's father, holding a pamphlet being used during campaigning.Firstpost/ Naresh Sharma

    “More than winning, it is about giving the message that my son has been framed,â€￾ says Shakira Begum, a housewife.

    Ziya Ur Rehman was friend of Atif Ameen and Mohammad Sajid, the two persons killed in Batla House encounter in September 2008.

    Shakira Begum’s husband and Ziya’s father, Abdul Rehman, was the care taker of L- 18, the house in which the two used to live on rent. Soon after the encounter, police accused Ziya of being involved in serial blasts in Ahmedabad and Delhi which took place in 2008.

    Ziya’s trial in Delhi cases has begun and 100 witnesses have been produced before the court. His trial in Ahmedabad cases is yet to start.

    For over two weeks, Shakira Begum has been going door to door, asking people to vote for sewing machine, the election symbol of her son. At times, she is accompanied by her three daughters and at others by a group of 15- 20 women.

    “The women are with us. We are sure about it,â€￾ she said when asked about the mood of 53, 000 voters who will decide the fate of ward number 205, in which Ziya is contesting.

    Shakira Begum believes that if a sizeable chunk of electorate votes for her son, it could create pressure on the judiciary and could increase the chances of his acquittal.

    Ziya’s father, Abdul Rehman, is a retired clerk from Uttar Pradesh People’s Works Department. He says that nothing but the sympathy of the people will help Ziya win the election.

    “Our appeal is simple. If you believe that Ziya is innocent, vote for him. Otherwise, vote for anyone else,â€￾ he said.

    The election pamphlet for Ziya’s campaign is a picture which shows him behind bars. “Lodged in Gujarat prison, I, Ziya ur Rehman, am a living example of atrocities on Muslims. I want justice,â€￾ reads the pamphlet printed in Hindi and Urdu.

    A factor in Ziya’s candidature is also a latent anger against the Congress party. Residents of Batla House in general and family of the accused in particular, say they want to teach a lesson to the political party and Ziya is competing against Shoaib Danish, the incumbent civic legislator from the Congress party.

    “We are not living on their mercy. We have given them enough time. They just played with us. Now we have taken things in our hand,â€￾ Shakira Begum said
     
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    So terrorists are in entering the assembly.

    I guess what the RSS has been warning us since the past few decades is now coming true.
     
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    Congress is just desperate.
     
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    Congress will go down in delhi civic poll
     
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