‘People in Delhi are not expecting Modi to come here and govern’

Sheila Dixit

At this Idea Exchange moderated by Editor (Delhi) Rakesh Sinha, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit says AAP has hurt its own chances and that the only way BJP can decrease power bills by 30 per cent is by giving 30 per cent less electricity

Rakesh Sinha: If you are re-elected, what more can change in Delhi? Also, do you think it is a triangular contest?

First, a lot has happened but there are still some areas of concern that we need to set right. It has reached a point that when Delhi is talked about, it is said that it is one of the best cities in the country, potentially one of the best in the world. But there are many people who do not have a voice. These voices have to be heard. That's one aspect. It's only after December 8 that we will be able to tell you. Our manifesto broadly says what we intend to do in the next stage. As you know, Delhi witnesses huge migration with five lakh people coming here every year.

Maneesh Chhibber: The main accusation of the Opposition is that you claim credit for everything good, but when something wrong happens, you blame the Centre.

Well, it's the job of the Opposition to oppose, it's their right. I don't look for excuses. If I looked for excuses, we would not have achieved the kind of progress that we have. Delhi wouldn't have become the economic power that it is today. India's GDP has developed at 8 point something per cent and Delhi has developed at 10.33 per cent. The per capita income here is the largest in the country. The Opposition feels that it will be able to do much better. How? I heard Nitin Gadkari say that they will make Delhi green. But it is already green. You can make it more green. I heard them say that they are going to bring commandos for women's safety. Can they? Are they not speaking out of ignorance? They say that they are going to start fast-track courts. We started fast-track courts a year ago. They said something about solar panels. Solar panels haven't succeeded primarily because their maintenance is very difficult. They talk of 30 per cent decrease in power bills. I think the only way they can achieve it, unless they want the entire city to go bankrupt, is that they give 30 per cent less electricity. The cost of the power that we purchase has increased 300 per cent in the past 10-12 years. But still, the rate we are charging, or the DERC is charging, is 65 per cent.

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