Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley has attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a “good politician but weak economist” at a rally organised in Ramesh Nagar in favour of the party’s candidate for the Lok Sabha from New Delhi, Vijay Goel. Continuing with the BJP’s recent volley of attacks on Dr. Singh, Mr. Jaitley said the Prime Minister was responsible for the uncertain attitude and weak policies of the UPA Government.

“I would call him a good politician but a poor economist. He became the Prime Minister without any effort, but he couldn’t handle the economy. The prices of everyday items are reaching astronomical heights but the Government is acting like a disinterested spectator,” Mr. Jaitley said.

For his part, Mr. Goel undertook a padyatra in Sudarshan Park, Meharam Nagar, Gopinath Bazar, Panchsheel Park, Khirki Extension and Sheikh Sarai and accused the Congress-led Government at the Centre and in Delhi of not solving the problems being faced by the citizens.

“The Congress is again making new promises to improve and develop Delhi. It has been in power at the Centre for five years and in Delhi for the past 10 years. Why did the Congress not implement these novel plans and projects all these years?” he asked.

Meanwhile, the Congress candidate from New Delhi, Ajay Maken, reiterated while campaigning in Malviya Nagar that the Congress was committed to the welfare of the urbanised villages and the jhuggi clusters in Delhi.

Urbanised villages

He also accused the BJP of looting ordinary people and running bulldozers over their homes.

Mr. Maken said he had got a special law passed in Parliament for the urbanised villages to get them relief from sealing and demolition. Elaborating further on his own work, Mr. Maken said this was the first time that the urbanised villages had not only been brought under the ambit of development works, provision for special building by-laws for these areas had also been made in the new Master Plan for Delhi-2021.