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Updated: December 3, 2013 13:38 IST
Delhi Assembly elections 2013

Delhi better governed than Gujarat: Sheila

Vishal Kant
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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Even as the campaigning for the Delhi Assembly elections officially came to an end on Monday, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit launched a frontal attack on Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and came up with comparative figures to prove that Delhi has been performing much better than Gujarat on several fronts.

During his public meeting at Dakshinpuri in South Delhi on Sunday, the Gujarat Chief Minister had targeted the Delhi Government stating that the Congress had failed to address the major problems in the city despite being at the helm for past 15 years.

Speaking to journalists at her last press conference before the election campaigning came to an end, Ms. Dikshit said while the BJP and Mr. Modi have been talking about the Gujarat model of development being the best in the country, the reality is different.

“As per the UN index 2013, in respect of population under severe poverty, figure for Delhi is 3 per cent, whereas for Gujarat, it is 6 times higher at 19 per cent. In terms of the total expenditure on social sector as compared to the percentage of its budget, Delhi’s stands third in ranking in the country with expenditure of 47.9 percent. On the other hand, Gujarat is placed at 21st position with total expenditure in social sector at 37.6 per cent,” said Ms. Dikhit.

“We provide monthly pension to senior citizens, widows and disabled ranging from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1500, whereas Gujarat is releasing a meager amount of Rs. 200-400 per month. Delhi’s green cover is being acclaimed across the world. While Delhi hiked its green cover from approximately 1 per cent in 1998 to 20 per cent now, in Gujarat it has decreased from 13 to 11 per cent,” she added.

Without naming the Gujarat chief minister, Ms. Dilkshit said: “Some people coming from outside say Delhi is a misgoverned state. Had that been the case, people of Delhi would not have been voting for the Congress party over the past 15 years. We have been winning on the plank of good governance and development.”

Accusing the opposition BJP and Aam Aadmi Party of “misleading” the electorate on the issue of power tariff and prices of essential commodities, Ms. Dikshit said “the opposition is putting up haordings and billboards with wrong figures, which means either they are trying to mislead people or are helping the hoarders”.

Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University Jayati Ghosh said: ``I do not want to get into Delhi versus Gujarat debate, but I would like to state that the Gujarat model is being overplayed, especially by the media.’’

``Not only Delhi, several other states have been performing better than Gujarat when it comes to improving the real life condition of people. Similar to other states like Maharashtra, Gujarat has always been one of the industrialised states of the country. But in terms of human development index, minimum wage rate, immunization programmes etc, Gujarat is ranked at the middle level performing states. Nothing much has been achieved over the last one decade,’’ she added

Please compare apple with apple & not cauliflower. There is no comparison of any state with national capital as the capital thrives on taxes paid by people of other states. While Delhi'tes pay very low tax compared to expenditure on Delhi infrastructure. Delhi 2013 should be compared with Delhi 2008.

from:  Shaleen Mathur
Posted on: Dec 4, 2013 at 12:00 IST

I dont care who is good who is bad....I just want to vote against
congress may be one vote may not count but I will be in peace that
I did a right thing,I dont want to argue with anybody About why I am
by opposing congress

from:  sudarshan
Posted on: Dec 4, 2013 at 11:53 IST

Why Sheila Dikshit is comparing Delhi with Gujarat. Gujarat is just a state while Delhi is the capital of India. Either she thinks that Gujarat is the most developed state to compare with or want to compared with Mr. modi.

from:  Prince
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 21:14 IST

Let people decide. Every one claims he/she is the best.

from:  Muthappa
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 12:49 IST

NCR's growth has been at the cost of many other cities. Centre has been pumping in crores and crores into Delhi which no other metropol gets. Cal has been languishing and so has been Chennai. It is unfair comparing a City and a State. ND / NCR is only a city at the end of the day.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 11:19 IST

Kudos to Sheila Dikshit. Yes, I've always felt that Modi was often going
way overboard when talking about the 'Gujarat model.' I've read recent
articles that proved that many states such as Tamil Nadu were also ahead
of Gujarat on many indexes. Delhi has made huge strides and that has
been there for everyone to see. But that being said, you cannot rule out
the fact that Delhi may not be the safest city for women. However, in
this case, I would have to agree with Ms. Sheila Dikshit that Delhi is a
far better governed state than Gujarat.

from:  Aaron Parayil
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 11:12 IST

Ms. Sheila Dikshit is giving out statistics which she should have done at least two years ago. Any product however excellent it may be will fall flat if not marketed correctly. This is exactly where Mr.Modi hit the jackpot with his marketing and PR team doing a blitzkreig and making it appear as though Gujarat is the most prosperous state in the planet. The poverty, illiteracy, human development index, so on and so forth were relegated to the background as they unleashed the "development model" of Gujarat to potential investors. Ahmedabad lags behing even in infrastructure, as was seen during the recent monsoon, but all that didnt hit the headlines, as the "corporatised" news channels turned a blind eye.
Delhi has seen excellent development in infrastructure, be it roads, bridges, electricity or the world class metro, but marketing these achievements was not done as Ms.Dikshit did not expect a venom spewing negative campaign.
Too little too late Ms. Dikshit. Only a miracle can help.

from:  C Balachander
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 11:03 IST

What a big lie of this millienium. Thanks Ms Sheila for proving to the world that congress party is reclaims this award once again!!!

from:  raja d s
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 09:04 IST

she is right. corruption is widespread in guj. but lokhayukta and no
investigation and therefore did not come out. nothing but for modi bjp
must lose delhi.

from:  selvan
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 08:59 IST

Shilla ji, that is what you are saying not people of Delhi. In Gujarat
people are saying that our government is good.

from:  Patriot
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 03:34 IST

But doesn't she think it is people who have to say that? Well congress
in power is very powerful

from:  kasthuri rangan
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 02:39 IST

Best Joke of the year. Most of the time the politicians think that the public are fools
and they can say anything my manipulating statistics.

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Dec 3, 2013 at 02:37 IST
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