NEW DELHI

Cong. turns the heat on Khurana

NEW DELHI NOV. 6. Turning the heat on the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party president, Madan Lal Khurana, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Chaudhary Prem Singh, and the party's Media Committee chairman, Jagdish Tytler, today asked Mr. Khurana to quit his Sadar parliamentary seat in view of his decision to contest the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls from the Moti Nagar Assembly segment. "If Mr. Khurana is so confident about his victory and that of his party, he should quit the Lok Sabha seat and then enter the poll race,'' he asserted.

In a joint statement here, Mr. Prem Singh and Mr. Tytler said if Mr. Khurana did not quit his Lok Sabha seat, then it would be taken that he is afraid of not only losing in the Assembly polls but also that he was not optimistic about the prospects of his party at the hustings. The Congress, he said, was all set to repeat its performance of the last MCD elections when the BJP nominees had lost badly from Moti Nagar and the same fate awaited Mr. Khurana. The fact that Mr. Khurana was reluctant to vacate his Parliament seat was a clear indicator that he had reconciled to the fact that Congress was returning back to power with the thumping majority in the polls. The people of Delhi were looking towards Mr. Khurana quitting his Lok Sabha seat in order to prove that he believes in morality in public life and also that he was clear about the prospects of his party.

Mr. Tytler said what was preventing Mr. Khurana from quitting his Lok Sabha seat was the fear that the people of the area are well aware of the fact that all the developmental work had come to a standstill during the past almost four years and nothing has moved. They are waiting for an opportunity to teach Mr. Khurana a lesson, which in turn will shatter his dream of becoming the Chief Minister of Delhi once again. He said the people of Moti Nagar are now well aware of the real face of Mr. Khurana and pay him back in the same coin during the Assembly polls. Referring to Mr. Khurana's demand that Congress should be renamed as "Tandoori Congress'' the DPCC chief spokesman said: The Congress never knew that Sushil Sharma would commit such a crime when he was appointed. But after his crime came out, he was immediately shown the door and the Congress has nothing to do with such a criminal. Did Mr. Khurana realise that he would have to resign from the Chief Ministership for taking money in the infamous Hawala scandal, he asked? Those living in glasshouses should not throw stone at others, he added.