Claiming that the Sheila Dikshit government in the National Capital Territory of Delhi has transformed the city in every respect in the last ten years, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Jai Prakash Agarwal has expressed confidence that his party would return to power for the third consecutive term in the forthcoming assembly elections.

‘’I think Congress will win the assembly polls on its performance of good governance,’’ Agarwal said in an interview to the Congress mouthpiece ‘Sandesh’ in its September issue.

Agrwal said that the Dikshit government had focused on development and had also kept its promises made to the public.

‘’We have built flyovers, roads, improved water and electricity supply and have provided more schools and hospitals, thus keeping the welfare of the citizens uppermost in our governance,’’ he said.

Listing the other achievements of the Delhi government, Agarwal said, ‘’We have also legalised 1,639 unauthorised colonies and provided infrastructure to the poorest of the poor in the city. We have passed scheme to turn the bawana jhuggis into houses. We have focussed on strengthening the bhagidari scheme and interaction with resident welfare committees so that the needs and demands of the people can be fully incorporated in the process of policy making.’’

The DPCC president said that as party president, he had undertaken several steps to strengthen the organisation. ‘’I have refused to support factionalism of any sort. I have tried to strengthen the party work culture and encourage our workers to regularly interact with people and listen to their problems”, Agarwal said.

On the claims of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that it would win the assembly polls riding on the anti-incumbency wave, the DPCC chief said, ‘’Anti-incumbency only happens if a government has not performed. Our government both at the centre and in Delhi has performed well. Under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi the party has always been sensitive to the needs of the people”.

‘’As far as the BJP is concerned, apart from communalism, they do not have any agenda for progress. They have always divided societies. It was the congress that made India into the nation that it is today,” he added.

Agarwal further added that in order to win elections, they needed to ensure that the party tickets are given to those with a good image. ‘’We will have to ensure that party tickets are given to leaders with good image.”

Tribune News Service