Hitting back at Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, BJP today accused her of "belittling" growth and development in Gujarat while making comparisons with Delhi, and posed 15 questions on a range of issues related to the city.
"The Chief Minister is a disaster for Delhi. Half the population lives in slums and she says she has ensured all- round development. There has been destruction in Delhi, not development," Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said.
His sharp criticism of Dikshit came in response to comments by her yesterday that her government's development model was "much better" than the one adopted by Narendra Modi, her Gujarat counterpart. She had also accused him of spreading "hatred and division" for political gain.
"Dikshit is belittling Gujarat's growth and development. She is making false claims of development in Delhi," said Goel.
Throwing 15 questions at Dikshit, he also challenged her to answer them.
"The Congress government claims it has run the government maintaining fiscal discipline. So, will it explain why the CAG concluded that Delhi suffered a revenue loss of Rs 2,700 crore in the last fiscal," questioned Goel.
Claiming that an average of 10,000 infants died each year in Delhi government hospitals, Goel asked Dikshit to explain how her government planned to achieve the target of bringing that figure down to 10 child deaths per thousand by 2015.
"According to Delhi Development Report, half the population living in slum clusters in Delhi does not have access to toilet facilities.
"If the Congress government's claim is true about developmental work in these areas in the last 15 years, then why is it that the poor living in these clusters do not have toilets?" he questioned.
The questions posed by Goel touched on issues related to the transport sector, education, healthcare and pollution.
"A study sponsored by the Union Science and Technology Ministry said Delhi was in a High Health Risk Zone and that pollution had increased by 21 per cent over the last 10 years in the city.
"Will the Congress government of Delhi explain as to why Delhi is in such a pitiable condition?" he asked.
Regarding the hosting of the Commonwealth Games, Goel asked how its cost could have "escalated 100 times".
"The budget of the Commonwealth Games escalated almost 100 times from Rs 296 crore to Rs 28,054 crore. Will the Congress government explain as to how it drew up the estimates for organising the event that its cost escalated by 100 times? "And, will it also explain why the CAG and the Shunglu Committee held Delhi government guilty in the CWG scam?" he questioned.
As to the power sector, he quoted an Assocham report and said that between May and July, industrial output had gone down by 25-45 per cent due to frequent power cuts in several industrial areas of Delhi.
"Will the Congress government explain how such a situation arose?" he asked.