Congress questions Malhotra’s candidatureNovember 19th, 2008 - 9:00 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Launching an attack on Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate V.K. Malhotra, the Congress Wednesday claimed that his party had not found him “fit” to be a minister during its days in power at the centre. “During the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime, Malhotra was never made a cabinet minister or any other minister. Suddenly, why have they (BJP) made him the chief ministerial candidate for Delhi. They did not find him fit for a minister’s berth. The party needs to answer why was he selected for this post now,” Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal told reporters.
Countering BJP’s claims of deficiencies in the development work carried out by the Sheila Dikshit government, Sibal said: “They are unaware about the things being done and have included several schemes in their manifesto which are already undertaken by the government”.
The Parliamentarian from Chandni Chowk constituency also raised doubts over BJP’s commitment to securing full statehood for Delhi.
“The BJP in their manifesto said that they will seek full statehood for Delhi if voted to power. However, they forgot that they were in power for five years (1993-98). Why they did not work for it during that time?,” he asked.
Sibal also asked BJP to desist from politicising the issue of terrorism, seeking cooperation from all parties to deal with it.