NEW DELHI: Describing as false Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s claim that her government had opened four new universities and a medical college in the past ten years, BJP Chief Ministerial candidate Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Wednesday said the Congress leader was only making tall claims to garner votes.
Addressing an election meeting in Chandni Chowk, Prof. Malhotra said: “It is better for the Chief Minister to resign from politics owning moral responsibility than to face embarrassment, for the truth (about the claims made by her) will come out and everybody would know about it.”
Speaking in support of party candidates Moti Lal Sodi from Ballimaran, Praveen Khandelwal from Chandni Chowk and Talat Sultana from Matia Mahal, Prof. Malhotra said the citizens were fed up with false assurances and claims and made up their mind to throw out the Congress government in Delhi.
The BJP leader charged that the education system had been totally commercialised in the past ten years of Congress rule in Delhi and lakhs of rupees were being charged in donations by public schools at the time of admission.
With the fees also going up, he said, education of children had now started impacting family budgets. And when it comes to higher education and technical education the charges were even more prohibitive.
Noting that private institutions engaged in the field of education were earlier given land at cheap rates and that kept the cost of education under check, he said the policy of auctioning government land for educational institutions was also to blame for the rising cost of education.
“There are still 250 cases of allotment of land to private educational institutions which have been pending for years. The Delhi Government has already charged lakhs of rupees as registration fees from these institutions but they have not been given the land,” he said, adding that now they are being asked to buy the land through auctions.