Beware ! Congress Hand Appears Again in Delhi

Congress manifesto
Congress manifesto

With pictures of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi on the title page, the Congress manifesto screams “दिल्ली बनाई थी, दिल्ली बनायेंगे” |

By Rakesh Raman

After a deep hibernation of almost eight months since its debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Congress is getting ready – albeit sluggishly – for the Delhi election scheduled for Feb. 7.

With its election symbol of a “Hand,” Congress has released its election manifesto with a slew of promises to woo the voters.

With pictures of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi on the title page, the Congress manifesto screams “दिल्ली बनाई थी, दिल्ली बनायेंगे” which means “we made Delhi and we will make Delhi.”

Among its promises, the family-run party says it will renew its demand for the full statehood of the Capital (Delhi) for effective governance and it will implement a fool-proof system to weed out corruption from the government departments.

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The manifesto is at least the third document that Congress has released in the past few weeks to focus on Delhi election.

About a week ago, Congress had released a document detailing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal‘s lies that he has been telling during the past couple of years.

Titled “49 Dino Ki Ultee Chall, Dilli Hui Behal: U Turn Kejriwal,” the document containing 18 chapters chronicles Kejriwal’s political career beginning with his participation in the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption campaign in India.

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Earlier, Congress had released a similar booklet to highlight the unfulfilled promises and lies of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India.

Titled “chhe mahine paar, U-turn sarkar” (six months spent by a U-turn government), the booklet counts BJP’s false promises made during the Lok Sabha elections. It says that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government has failed on almost every step.

Currently, AAP, BJP, and Congress are the three main parties in the fray for the Delhi election. Although the main fight was expected to be between AAP and BJP, Kiran Bedi, who is the chief ministerial candidate of BJP, has invited Arvind Kejriwal of the rival AAP to join BJP.

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The chances of BJP winning the Delhi election will increase if Kejriwal decides to accept the offer. However, Kejriwal has not yet revealed his decision about joining BJP.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company

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