By M.A. Kant http://www.thehindu.com
While the Delhi Congress is relying on the development plank, the BJP and the AAP offer a more kind of traditional politics
It is 11:30 p.m. Passengers wait on a train at the Central Secretariat Metro station here, as more people — mostly the late-night-shift workers who live in the outskirts of the national Capital but toil in the heart of it — troop into the coaches. From the metro station, which is located in Lutyens’ Delhi, these people expect to have a safer, hassle-free journey and reach Badarpur, the last stop of the route, almost forty kilometres away on the borders of Delhi and Haryana the neighbouring State.
“Do you realise this was impossible a decade back before the Congress government brought Delhi Metro in the Capital?” says Surinder Singh, sitting in one of the Metro coaches, trying to strike up a conversation with his fellow passengers.
“This is the one achievement of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that has benefited all of Delhi. I used to work in Badarpur. But since the Delhi Metro has minimised distances and connected the far-off areas to the heart of the city, I took up a job in a hotel near New Delhi railway station and I still manage to reach home in a short span of time without facing trouble,” Surinder submits to his co-passengers in a bid to tout the “development” generated by the Dikshit government in the last 15 years. More info