Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Shri Subhash Chopra announced that when the Congress party comes to power in Delhi, pension for old people, widows and handicapped will be raised to Rs 5000 per month. He said that the party will include this in a detailed manner in the Congress manifesto for the upcoming Assembly elections in Delhi. Addressing Halla Bol rallies at the Model Town and Rajouri Garden Assembly constituencies today, as part of Congress’ Jan Jagran Abhiyan, Shri Chopra said that both the BJP and AAP made hollow promises to the people to get their votes without fulfilling any of them. The Model Town rally was organized by ex-MLA Kunwar Karan Singh while the Rajouri Garden rally was organized by district president Pradeep Sharma.
Besides Shri Subhash Chopra, prominent others who addressed the rallies were Shri Jai Prakash Agarwal, Shri Mahabal Mishra, chief spokesperson Shri Mukesh Sharma, district president Mohd. Usman, Pradeep Sharma and Mahila Congress general secretary Akanksha Ola. Thousands of people, who attended the rally at Model Town, shouted slogans against the BJP and AAP for betraying their aspirations and not fulfilling the promises made to them. They also pledged that in the coming Delhi Assembly elections, they will only vote for the Congress as only a Congress Government can carry forward the stalled development works in the Capital. The rallies were also addressed by Shri Rajat Makkar, Subhash Bairwa, Sudama Pawar, J.K. Dawar, Gaurav Gandhi, Sanjay Sehal, Virender Singh, Dr Jia Lal Chaudhary, Ramesh Jain, Vijay Mohan and thousands of Congress workers and local people.
Addressing the rallies, Shri Subhash Chopra said that the governance failure of the AAP Government can be gauged from the fact that pensions for the old, widows and the physically challenged persons have not been distributed; instead that money has been misused by the Kejriwal Government. Quoting relevant statistics, Shri Chopra said that the Kejriwal Government could not meet any of the targets it set, as the Government could not even spend the budgeted allocation for the purpose. Hardening his stand against the AAP Government, Shri Subhash Chopra said that despite making provisions in the budget, 1,45,416 people were not given their monthly pensions. Shri Chopra said that in reply to a petition, the AAP Government had admitted in the Delhi High Court that it could not meet its projected targets. Shri Chopra said that this proves quite clearly that the Kejriwal Government was surviving only on the strength of advertisements by misleading the people instead of fulfilling its promises at the ground level.
Shri Subhash Chopra alleged that the Ladli Yojana, started by the Sheila Dikshit Government, seems to have been wound up, and the people are upset and angry with the Kejriwal Government for such a shoddy governance. Shri Chopra announced that when the Congress comes to power in Delhi, the Ladli Yojna will be revived, by expanding its scope and reach, so as to benefit Delhi’s students too. He said that this scheme will be included in the manifesto of the party for the Delhi Assembly elections.
Shri Jai Prakash Agarwal and Shri Mahabal Mishra accused the Kejriwal Government of not doing any concrete work. They said that no-implementation of the welfare schemes for the people show that the Kejriwal Government gave least attention to people’s affaris, particularly the poor and the marginalized. Shri Jai Prakash Agarwal said that the Kejriwal Government treated the people of Old Delhi in a step-motherly manner, and did nothing for the development of the Old Delhi areas by shelving the many schemes which were on the pipeline when Congress was in power in Delhi. Both Shri Agarwal and Shri Mishra said that people of Delhi were suffering due to the shadow-boxing between BJP and AAP, and the Capital was now at least 20 years behind in the matter of development.
Shri Mukesh Sharma, addressing the rallies, said that the Delhi Congress will come up more aggressive campaigns against the BJP and AAP in the coming days. He said that the party will organize meetings and rallies in all the 70 Assembly constituencies in Delhi to expose the double-talk, lies and failures of the BJP and AAP. Shri Sharma said that the presence of people from all categories in the rallies proves that they are still fondly remembering the golden, development-driven 15-year Congress regime in Delhi. He promised that the Congress will form a majority Government in Delhi after the upcoming Assembly elections.