Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

Urge them to speed up development work this election year

BJP cries foul over the closed-door meeting with Congress MLAs only

“The Government has not done enough for the people in the past nine years”

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president J. P. Agarwal on Thursday met party MLAs from New Delhi and South Delhi parliamentary constituencies and urged them to act speedily on various development activities in their areas.

The closed-door meeting took place at the Delhi Secretariat and the MLAs are understood to have been told to speed up various development works in their areas. They were also asked to speak on various works they would like to be undertaken on priority in their constituencies.

The forum, according to a senior party leader, provided a platform to various MLAs to air their grievances before the Delhi Government and the party leadership simultaneously. On the other hand, as the Congress goes into the election year, hoping to return to power for the third consecutive time, this meeting has provided a way forward to find out the problems being faced by the party MLAs. The feedback from the MLAs is expected to allow the party to understand the needs of the people and to take measures through which it feels it would be able to improve its prospects in the Delhi Assembly elections due next year.

‘Step-motherly treatment’

However, the manner in which the meeting has been arranged for the party MLAs alone has not gone down well with the Opposition BJP MLAs. Saket MLA Vijay Jolly denounced the step saying “it shows how step-motherly treatment is meted out to constituencies that had elected their representatives from other parties”.

Charging that the Delhi Government had not done enough for the people of the city in the past nine years and was now resorting to such meetings to pull wool over their eyes, Mr. Jolly said when the Congress returned to power four years ago, it had asked all the MLAs to provide it with five things they would like to get done in their respective constituencies in a given format. “It is indeed regrettable that not one of the five demands submitted to the Delhi Government by me or my other party MLAs has been fulfilled so far,” he claimed.