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Dirty din in Delhi ahead of polls

Dirty din in Delhi ahead of polls
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As is the case in rest of the country, the campaigning in the national capital has been vitriolic

As is the case in rest of the country, the campaigning in the national capital has been vitriolic. The BJP and the AAP are not losing a single opportunity to drag the other though the mud.

The BJP contestants are alleging that the AAP government has failed in implementing the Union government's schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, a health scheme under which treatment up to Rs 5 lakh will be done free of cost for a huge chunk of society, the construction of toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission, etc.

The BJP is also accusing the AAP of not having done enough in schools and higher education and infrastructure development.

To buttress its allegation, the BJP released a review report of the AAP election manifesto of the 2015 Assembly elections, highlighting its failure on various points.

The AAP, on the other hand, claims the Central government picks up a share in Delhi government's portion in Central taxes and that has affected the development work.

BJP's national leaders Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah have asked the electorates to vote for the saffron party citing national security.

In his first roadshow on May 1, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal concentrated on slum and jhuggi clusters, appealing the inhabitants to vote against the BJP as it did nothing for the citizens of Delhi.

Making light of the Congress candidates, he asked the electorate to not waste their vote by casting it in favour of the Congress candidates as they would lose their deposits.

Politics in Delhi, like elsewhere in the country, seems to have gone to the drains.

Bhanu Prakash Mareedu, New Delhi

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