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Congress writes to Election Commission for more security in minority areas

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 7:55pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

The Delhi Congress today wrote a letter to Election Commission to deploy more security personnel in minority dominated areas, expressing concern that the BJP may create social unrest on the polling day to polarize votes.

"The BJP could create social unrest on the polling day, and therefore the Pradesh Congress has written to the Election Commission to deploy more security personnel at the minority dominated areas," said DPCC president Arvinder Singh.

Singh, along with CLP leader Haroon Yusuf and chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma, while talking to reporters at a joint press conference said that the BJP has totally accepted defeat and that is why it first cancelled its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally and then his 3D publicity campaign.

"...and because of this we are afraid that the BJP and the RSS may resort to rumours on the polling day to spread social unrest and polarize votes. This is why we have demanded more security in minority areas," said Sharma.

The leaders also claimed that the BJP and the Sangh Parivar has chickened out of Narendra Modi's election campaign as they feared that they would not be able to match the tremendous response rallies of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi garnered in the national capital.

"First his Monday rally and then the 3D publicity campaign was not cancelled due to technical reasons, but fearing lack of similar support from the people the Congress' rallies have got. The Modi bubble has totally burst in Delhi," said Singh.

The leaders said that the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party have been totally rattled, and the BJP, is once again taking cover in the Mandir-Masjid issue - which featured in its manifesto - was trying to polarize voters. They appealed to the people of Delhi to be fully vigilant on the polling day.

When asked to react on today's attack on Arvind Kejriwal, Mukesh Sharma demanded an enquiry into the attack on Kejriwal by an auto-rickshaw driver "so that his drama could be exposed". He also termed Arvind Kejriwal's dharna at Rajghat as a "political drama".

He said that although the Congress condemns such incidents, but this culture was started by the Aam Aadmi Party.

Questioning Kejriwal, he said that when leaders of other parties were slapped, why was AAP terming it as people's anger.

He claimed that the rent for Kejriwal's house was being paid from donations collected from the people and asked whether it was not a betrayal on the poor people.

Arvinder Singh and Haroon Yusuf appealed to Block Congress Committee presidents to deploy maximum number of Congress workers to help out the voters on the polling day in Delhi's 11,763 polling booths and 2527 polling stations.

They also called upon the citizens of Delhi to exercise their democratic rights and turn out in large numbers to cast their votes.

On polling day, a control room would be set up at the DPCC office where a panel of lawyers would be on duty, said Singh while also expressing hope that the Congress will emerge victorious in all the seven seats in Delhi.

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