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Beware of hollow promises warns Sonia Gandhi

“While one party has a pracharak, who only does ‘prachar’ the other just has a “dharnebaaj”, who is all the time busy organising dharnas. Delhi needs good governance and not false promises... BJP and AAP can only talk big and make hollow promises.

“There is a need to be careful of those doing politics of pretension. The country is not run by mere slogans,” she said. Addressing her first election rally for the February 7 Delhi polls at Meethapur near Badarpur, the Congress chief accused the Modi government of “weakening” the schemes initiated by the previous UPA dispensation, including on food security and land acquisition, and doing nothing to check corruption despite the “golden promises” made during the Lok Sabha polls. She also raked up the issue of communal violence that took place in some parts of Delhi before the Assembly election dates were announced and alleged that it was being done to “capture power” in the state. “There are some forces which cause incidents like what happened in Trilokpuri and Dilshad Garden. Such forces will have to be defeated which spread the politics of hatred,” she said as she appealed to people to strengthen secular forces. 

“BJP government installed 15,000 CCTV cameras for the visit of US President Barack Obama but nothing for our women.

At least they could have not removed those cameras,” he said.

Kejriwal slammed the BJP for “failing” to prevent crimes against women claiming that Delhi has seen a 30 per cent rise in rape incidents in the last nine months after President’s Rule was imposed. “There have been 2,069 rapes over the last nine months after we quit, which amounts to a 30 per cent increase in it. Moreover the city has witnessed 4,179 incidents of eve-teasing, a 25 per cent rise in such cases,” he said. 

Kejriwal said he was not ready to “buy the argument” that the rise in number of cases is due to more women coming out to report such incidents.

In its manifesto, released yesterday, the AAP has promised to install 10-15 lakh CCTV cameras all over the city along with ensuring a security guard in every bus. Responding to questions on possible misuse of CCTV footage, Kejriwal said that his government will put in place “checks and balances” to prevent any misuse.
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