"Promising full statehood for Delhi is nothing new to the BJP and it is trying to mislead the Delhi's people through its election manifesto," Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh told a press conference.
Earlier in the day, BJP released its first Delhi-specific manifesto with an array of promises like granting full statehood, reducing power tariff by 30 per cent and controlling price rise within one month if voted to power.
"BJP should first clarify why it was silent when L K Advani, who was the deputy PM during NDA government, had issued notification to snatch even the existing powers of Delhi government," Singh said.
Congress leader Mukesh Sharma said BJP was fooling people by promising 30 per cent reduction in power tariff.
"BJP has never clarified what steps it would take to make power and water cheaper. Traffic blockades created during the BJP-rule on power and water issues have not been forgotten by Delhi's residents," Sharma told reporters.
Terming BJP an enemy of over 50 lakh people living in unauthorised colonies, he noted that the saffron party had created several roadblocks in the regularisation of these colonies.
"BJP's promise to the minorities is totally false. It never had any empathy for minorities. Congress not only promised, but also fulfilled its promise of increasing the Lal Dora area and developing urban villages with all civic amenities," Sharma said.
He also claimed that Congress-led government had created a record in opening new hospitals during its 15-year rule in the national capital, whereas no hospital was opened during the BJP rule.