India Elections : PM Campaigns in Delhi

With Delhi going to the polls on Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed a crowd of over 3,000 people at an election rally in West Delhi on Sunday.

The Prime minister said the country was up against “big challenges” and his party should be given another chance to complete its unfinished works.

“Parties who base their politics on religion and caste cannot take the country forward,” he said without naming any party, and added that people should keep such forces at bay.

He took a dig at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani for raising the issue of black money stashed away in Swiss and other foreign banks and called it an election stunt.

Dr Singh said the Congress was serious about bringing back the black money from foreign banks. I want to ask the BJP that if there is no agency dedicated to assessing the total amount lying in foreign banks, how can they draw out estimates from the Internet, without any verification , he said.

Talking about local issues, Dr Singh said that if voted to power, the Congress would immediately address the issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies and ensure health and education. The PM said during her tenure as chief minister, Sheila Dikshit had initiated unique projects like the Yamuna Action Plan, and other projects to make Delhi eco-friendly. These efforts have changed the face of Delhi, he said.

Manmohan Singh said the BJP either “had no understanding” of economic issues or was “deliberately misleading” people on the issue. He dismissed the allegations that his government had not done anything about the issue.

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