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Sheila sure of Congress victory in 7 Delhi LS seats


IANS New Delhi
Sheila Dikshit, former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress candidate from north east Delhi Lok Sabha seat, on Monday asserted that her party would sweep the 2019 general elections in the national capital and accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of fooling people on full statehood issue.
Addressing a public meeting in the Seemapuri area of her constituency, Dikshit said, "The Congress will sweep all the seven seats in Delhi on the strength of the previous Congress government's unmatched achievements in the state during its 15-year rule."
She said during her tenure, the city witnessed massive development as new flyovers, schools, colleges and hospitals were constructed to make the life of citizens easier, without crying for full statehood.
"Kejriwal is fooling the people of the national capital on the issue of full statehood for Delhi," she said. "Ever since Kejriwal came to politics, he has been mouthing lies and making hollow promises to fool people. But the intelligent Delhi voters have seen through his game plan," the Congress leader said.
Dikshit said the Delhi Metro rail project got off the blocks only because of the planning and initiative of the Congress government.
She also addressed public meetings in Seelampur Mauzpur, Shastri Park, New Seelampur and Babu Nagar Chanaiwali gali.
The three-time Chief Minister, who is pitted against BJP's Manoj Tiwari and AAP's Dilip Pandey in a triangular contest, said: "Had Kejriwal read the Indian Constitution and understood it well, he would not have been repeatedly telling lies to the people on the full statehood issue."
She said to get full statehood for Delhi, the Constitution needed to be amended, which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) could not achieve without the support of the majority in Parliament.
Hitting out at the AAP leaders, Dikshit said their four Lok Sabha and three Rajya Sabha members never raised the full statehood issue in Parliament and accused the AAP of raising it to divert people's attention from it governance failure for the past four and half years.
The Congress leader said both the AAP and the BJP-led central government could not deliver on their promises. They could not talk about old promises as they had no face to show to the people due to their failure to fulfil hollow promises, she added.
The elections in Delhi are scheduled on May 12 in the sixth phase.

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First Published: Apr 29 2019 | 10:58 PM IST

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