New Delhi: Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday clarified that he would not run for the post of Delhi Chief Minister. “The party (BJP) has a well-defined leadership in Delhi. There are people who have grown up in the city. I have no such intentions (to run for the CM’s post). I am happy where I am,” Singh Puri was quoted by news agency PTI as saying at a press conference.
Notably, Hardeep Singh Puri slammed Arvind Kejriwal-led government’s “obstructionist irresponsible attitude on every issue pertaining to the welfare of the people in the national capital”, stated news agency PTI. While inaugurating a portal which would use satellite imagery to ‘define and delineate’ the boundaries of 1,731 unauthorised colonies, Puri took on the Aam Aadmi Party for delaying the work under various pretexts.
While talking about the urban mobility infrastructure of the national capital, Puri, as quoted by news agency PTI said, “Instead of strengthening the existing urban mobility infrastructure like metro and buses in Delhi, the local government is resorting to election gimmicks.”
In 2013 Assembly elections in Delhi, the BJP had fielded Harsh Vardhan as the chief minister of Delhi, while in 2015, the party placed its bet on former IPS officer Kiran Bedi. The upcoming assembly elections in Delhi is slated to take place by early 2020.
“We are not against offering benefits to citizens, but firmly believe that if DTC had a full fleet of 11,000 buses instead of just 4,000, the benefit to the citizens would have been more pronounced,” Mr Puri added.
(With inputs from PTI)