Addressing his maidan press conference after announcement as BJP's chief ministerial candidate, Dr Harshvardhan advocated for technology-based ‘cure’ for the Capital’s ailments. He promised that best of technologies and software from across the world would be introduced at all levels of governance in Delhi and thus leaving no scope for corruption or financial bungling.
He said that the corrupt Congress government has put the city in ICU. The Capital requires a healing touch. "The BJP will form a corruption-free, people-friendly government that will bring back the dignity of Delhi that has been put on stake during the last 15 years,” said Vardhan.
The press conference at the BJP national headquarters was also a show of unity where Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel and other party leaders in presence of former BJP president Nitin Gadkari shared the dais with Vardhan.
Goel assured full support to him till the BJP dislodges the Congress-led government in Delhi. Goel reiterated that the party was united and that the list of candidates would be announced before Diwali so that they get ample time to campaign in their constituencies. “The election core committee of Delhi BJP will be meeting by this weekend to finalise the name of candidates,” said Goel.
BJP's chief ministerial Harshvardhan promised to bring changes in governance by bringing transparency, innovation and corruption-free administration, if BJP was brought to power. “The government has failed on all fronts. Poor people are living in hell-like situation. This is the most ineffective government in Delhi,” he said.
Vardhan attacked the government on number of issues including back-breaking price rise of essential commodities, fruits and vegetables, increasing crime graph, pollution in Yamuna, high power tariff, poor education and healthcare infrastructure, full statehood to Delhi and CWG scam among several others.
On his reform agenda, Vardhan said he will try to limit public interface between the officials and people by putting in place the best possible e-governance model. “I will put the best software for e-governance. Bringing transparency in governance will be our one of the top priorities,” he said. He also explained how technology could be used to resolve the challenge of buying power. “We can install solar panels on every house to produce power. We will explore use of technology in a big way to improve lives of the citizens,” he said.
Addressing media, Gadkari too said the 15-year exile of Delhiites was going to be over in December this year with ouster of the Congress government in the state. Over the issue of the Chief Ministerial nominee, Gadkari complimented Goel for accepting the party’s decision ‘wholeheartedly’ and said one chair cannot accommodate more than one person. “My wishes are with Goel. He has accepted the party’s decision in good spirit. He worked hard to strengthen the party in the last eight months,” Gadkari said adding he was going through the consultation process to finalise the candidates for the election.