Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Eminent poets like Gopal Das Neeraj, Ashok Chakradhar, Surinder Sharma, Om Prakash Aditya and Munavvar Rana took part in the 11th Rashtriya Kavi Sammelan organised on the burning issues of “Uncontrolled inflation, falling political morality and terrorism” by a social-cultural organisation, Manavata Abhiyan, here on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

While the poets enthralled the packed venue in Malviya Nagar with their satirical takes on the manner of governance, it was also an occasion for several BJP leaders to express their views on the subject.

The party’s Chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi Assembly elections and South Delhi MP, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, said the Centre’s “soft policy” towards terrorism was behind its rapid spread across the country.

He said it was the responsibility of the Centre and the States to secure the lives of their citizens but the Congress had failed to deliver on the count.

BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley said the cash-for-votes expose had highlighted the rot in the system and shown the extent to which the Congress could stoop to stay in power.

The political morality had never touched such a low as was seen during the confidence vote in Parliament, he said.

Manavata Abhiyan president M.K. Gandhi criticised the approach of the Centre and Delhi Government in tackling terrorism and inflation and called upon the people to make full use of the free legal aid centre that has been opened by the organisation at Krishna Nagar in the Capital.