Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Senior BJP leader and party candidate for the Lok Sabha from New Delhi, Vijay Goel, has written to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit demanding that the Government immediately provide subsidy to all students of private unaided schools to take the burden of the fees hike away from them.

In the letter sent on Thursday, Mr. Goel said it was most unfortunate that the Delhi Government was playing with the future of the children and unnecessarily putting a financial burden on their parents at a time when people have been hit hard by rising prices, loss of jobs and unemployment.

Mr. Goel, who has also sought time from Ms. Dikshit to discuss the issue, warned that if no action was taken by the Delhi Government within this week, the BJP would launch a major agitation along with the parents and ensure that the Congress Government takes back this “anti-people” decision.

Mr. Goel also took up the issue while undertaking a foot march through Kailash Hill, Sant Nagar, Sarvodaya Nagar, Ansari Nagar, Seva Nagar, Motia Khan, Bapu Dham, Moti Nagar and Nehru Park in the New Delhi constituency during the day.

Mr. Goel questioned why the Delhi Government was hesitating in providing subsidy when in the past it had given thousands of crores in subsidy to the power distribution companies.

Meanwhile, the Congress candidate for the seat, Ajay Maken, launched his campaign among the citizens living in the jhuggi clusters of Swami Nagar, Lal Gumbad, Sawitri Nagar, Gullakbari, Jagdamba and Sheikh Sarai situated in Greater Kailash Assembly constituency and reiterated that he was approaching the people on the basis of the work done by him for the slum colonies.

Misleading

Accusing the BJP of running its campaign on false and misleading statements, Mr. Maken said when the BJP was in power from 1998 to 2004, its entire thrust was on razing slums, uprooting poor shopkeepers and promoting the builder mafia and malls through shady deals done by the DDA. On the other hand, he claimed, the Congress had come up with long-pending solutions by providing for dignified rehabilitation of lakhs of people across the city.

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