'Thank God, We Don't Have a Thackeray Here'

New Delhi
'Thank God, We Don't Have a Thackeray Here'
"Thank God, we don't have a Bal Thackeray here," said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today while calling Delhi a unique city where people from across the country can live comfortably with any distinction.

"We have varied culture and really true cosmopolitan people. People from Kerala to Jammu and Kashmir and to those from the north-east can live here comfortable. There is no distinction.

"Everyone knows whats happening in Mumbai (anti-north Indian campaign). It certainly does not happen here. Thank God, we don't have a Bal Thackeray here," she said about the anti-North Indians campaign by the Shiv Sena and MNS.

Dikshit was speaking at an interactive session at a Summit organised by CII and the Wall Street Journal.

"I am more of a public relations Chief Minister than a real Chief Minister. I have to run from one place to another and ask people to do things for me."

This was also how Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit responded to a question about managing a city like New Delhi, which is the capital of both the country and the state.

"The greatest problem is multiplicity of authority. I am more of a PR Chief Minister than really a Chief Minister. I don't have land and I have go to one person to ask for land and I don't have police with me," Dikshit told an interactive session at a summit organised by Wall Street Journal and CII.

Noting that Delhi is a "very peculiar city-state", she said it has many advantages and "enormous" disadvantages as some Central Ministries would like to have a foothold in the city.

"I don't have police with me and whenever a crime takes place in the city, I am responsible for that... I am more than a PR than a Chief Minister," she said in response to a question.

On what has the Congress Government led by her has achieved in the past 11 years, she said better public transport, power supply and economic growth were her achievements and admitted that there are a lot more to achieve as Delhi also has "enormous poverty".

"Delhi is also one of the greener cities in the world and we have the best CNG transport system in the world," she said.

The Chief Minister also said satellite cities of Noida and Gurgaon had been helpful to Delhi and also a burden.

"It is a two-way traffic. Despite the (existence of) two cities, 10 lakh people come to Delhi for jobs everyday. I shatter to think what would have happened if there was no Noida and Gurgaon," she said.

Dikshit also said all the 600 cities in the country should develop infrastructure so that people from those cities don't migrate to "more developed cities" in search of job and better infrastructure facilities.

She said since Delhi has the best hospitals in the northern region and people from across the region come here for treatment and advocated the need for building better and quality hospitals in other states.

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