BJP’s Malhotra confident of ousting Cong in Delhi

BJP’s Malhotra confident of ousting Cong in Delhi

New Delhi: Exuding confidence that the party will come to power in the national capital after a ten-year gap, the BJP on Saturday said people will root out the Congress government for “failing" to tackle terrorism.

Malhotra, who cast his vote at St Columba’s School in Gole Market here, said that the people were angry with the Congress government for failing to handle the terrorism issue and “will express their anger in today’s voting".

“The government has totally failed to combat terrorism which has made the country a soft target. Terrorists can strike at will at any place. People are angry with the government," Malhotra, who was accompanied by Vijay Jolly, party candidate for New Delhi seat, said.

“Besides, the Congress government has failed on all fronts and surely people want a change. BJP is sure of returning to power in Delhi," the BJP leader said.

He blamed the Congress for “politicising" the issue of terrorism.

“Not the BJP but Congress is playing politics on the issue," Malhotra said when asked whether the saffron party was using the recent terror attacks in Mumbai during the polls.

“But, the Mumbai issue is surely going to help the BJP as people will come out in large numbers to vote against the government," Malhotra claimed.

Justifying BJP’s advertisement in Saturday’s papers that bears a veiled reference to the Mumbai terror strikes, the leader said, “There is nothing wrong in that."

The voting process at Gole Market that began at 8am also saw some arguments between police and media personnel after the latter was subjected to frisking while entering the polling booth. Later, DCP Anand Mohan asked the police officer involved in the incident to file a report to the election officials on the matter.