New Delhi, Oct 5 IBNS | 2 years ago

Battle for Delhi is hotting up with the announcement of the assembly poll date on Dec 4 in the national capital as Saturday saw new contender Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) upping the ante and Congress chief minister Sheila Dikshit, seeking a fourth consecutive term, defending her regime and party.

Soon after AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is the Delhi chief ministerial candidate of AAP as informed by party leader Yogendra Yadav, attacked the Sheila Dikshit government on corruption and said they would ensure passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi Assembly if voted to power, Sheila Dikshit said all the sound on graft made no sense unless it is pinpointed.

"Delhi power prices lowest in India. We gave subsidy also," said Dikshit at a press conference soon after one held by Kejriwal.

"Whether BJP or AAP, they talk about corruption, but they should point out where there is corruption instead of just talking about corruption," said Dikshit.

"Congress will win and win," she said.

Congress manifesto for the polls will be announced by next week.

Earlier, Arnvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that his party will pass the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly on Dec 29 this year itself once they capture power.

He said the bill will be passed after the Delhi Assembly is convened at Ramlila Maidan on Dec 29.

Pointing out the significance of the day, he said Dec 29 is important since on that day the bill was torn up by an MP in Parliament.

Kejriwal said he is in touche with Anna Hazare but respected the latter's decision to not campaign for any political party.

AAP is seen as a major contender in Delhi polls since it has carried out campaign against the electricity tariffs in the national capital by attacking Dikshit on the ground.

Earlier, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi also tweeted that he looked forward to a healthy and spirited fight in Delhi while his party colleagues said they would unseat the Congress government.

(Posted on 05-10-2013)