BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan on Thursday promised to bring “radical reforms” in governance if his party comes to power and accused the Congress government of “piling up miseries” on the people and putting Delhi in intensive care unit by its “misrule”.
A day after being named as the party’s chief ministerial candidate following a bitter race for the position within Delhi BJP, Dr. Vardhan said a “clean, transparent and people’s government” will be in place if voted to power and ruled out any infighting in the party fold.
In a show of unity, Dr. Vardhan addressed a press conference flanked by Delhi election in-charge Nitin Gadkari, Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel, Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly V.K. Malhotra and former Delhi unit chief Vijender Gupta and asserted that the party will leave no stone unturned to defeat the “corrupt” Congress government.
The former Health Minister promised to bring “radical changes” in governance and offered a transparent, innovative and corruption-free administration if BJP was brought to power.
“All the leaders and workers will work hard to oust the corrupt and ineffective government. The government has failed in all fronts. Poor people are living in hell-like situation.
The city is in ICU and it needs a healing touch,” Dr. Vardhan, fondly called as ‘Doctor Saab’, said.
Exhuding confidence of his party’s victory, Mr. Gadkari said the people of Delhi were in “exile for last 15 years” and that is going to end in December.
“The people of Delhi were in exile. But now the exile will end and the (BJP) government will be formed. It will be a Ram Rajya,” he said.
Dr. Vardhan attacked the government on number of issues including “back-breaking” price rise of essential commodities, fruits and vegetables, “rising” crime, “ever increasing” pollution in Yamuna, “high” power tariff, “poor” education and healthcare infrastructure and CWG scam.
“Very soon the people of Delhi will be freed from the Sheila Dikshit dispensation which has adopted such a casual approach towards governance because of which the whole city is suffering,” Dr. Vardhan, who was named BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate on Wednesday, said.
Rejecting reports of infighting in the party, Mr. Goel, who lost the race for Chief Ministerial candidate, resolved to put all his effort to make the party victorious and showered praise on Dr. Vardhan.
“The party will fight unitedly to oust the corrupt Congress government. The people of Delhi are fed up with the misrule of Congress. I am confident of our victory,” said Mr. Goel.
“I do not have to tell anything about Harsh Vardhan. He is a popular leader. His contribution towards eradication of polio was appreciated within and outside the country,” he said in his brief comment.