In Delhi assembly polls, Congress party is not letting any stone unturned to come back to power in the national capital of India, Delhi. On 8th February, voting will be held to elect 70 members. The results will be declared on 11th February.
To know what the grand old party is planning, Anurag Sason has an in-depth conversation with veteran Congress leader Ms. Sharmistha Mukherjee.
Here are important excerpts from the interview: (Scroll down to watch complete interview)
Q1) Do you think Congress party will be able to revive its old fortunes this time?
Sharmistha Mukherjee: The chances of the Congress party are very bright. People of Delhi had given a chance to Arvind Kejriwal but he has done nothing. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has only involved itself in blame games and excuses. Congress will get the full majority.
Q2) Who will be Congress’ chief ministerial candidate?
Sharmistha Mukherjee: Usually, we do not announce the name of CM candidate. It is always after the elections that the elected members of the legislative assembly decide the name for the post of CM. We don’t want to fight based on a face, we want to fight on our track record, experience and vision.
Q3) Do you think having a CM face gives a plus point?
Sharmistha Mukherjee: It’s not about the plus point or the minus point. This election is not a lamp post election. If people have problems they will reach out to their local leaders.
Q4) Is Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi joining Congress?
Sharmistha Mukherjee: I don’t have any information related to it.
Q5) In case there is hung assembly, will Congress, again, join hands with AAP?
Sharmistha Mukherjee: I have full confidence that Congress will form a government with a majority.
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Q6) How you rate the tenure of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal?
Sharmistha Mukherjee: If there had been a negative marking system I would have given the same. Delhi government has failed on all fronts whether it’s education or public transport. Like Modi sarkar, Kejriwal sarkar is also a jumlebaaz sarkar.
Q7) How you see the protests against CAA, NRC and NPR?
Sharmistha Mukherjee: CAA is unconstitutional. It is against the spirit and letters of our Constitution. The protests against these are people’s movement. Congress and other opposition parties are not misleading people. People of this country are not fool!
Q8) Is it necessary to give full statehood to Delhi?
Sharmistha Mukherjee: In Delhi, the Congress government had worked and delivered. If there are any differences between the state government and the Centre, it has to be sorted out on the table. There is no need for shadow boxing. When we could deliver under the same system, set up then why can’t the Kejriwal government? Delhi government under Arvind Kejriwal has always looked for excuses.
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