People will vote for Delhi government, not centre: Dikshit

New Delhi, Oct 4 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Friday ruled out anti-incumbency factor in the Congress-led central government impacting her party's prospects in the December assembly elections in the capital.

Speaking to a TV news channel, Dikshit said: "The people of Delhi understand this is not a central government (elections). They have to cast votes. This is a local government, they have to elect."

The Congress-led UPA-II government has been dogged by corruption and alleged scams over the years, but Delhi's three-time chief minister said the people would judge her government's 15-year rule in Delhi.

"We leave it to their common sense of what has happened under the Congress government for the past 15 years," she added.

Asked about Aam Aadmi Party's chief Arvind Kejriwal dubbing the election a contest between "honesty" and "corruption", Dikshit said: "Everybody has tried to portray us as a corrupt government but failed miserably."

"In the Commonwealth Games scam, the government in Delhi has not been indicted even once. Wherever there has been a shadow of doubt, the government of Delhi has replied paragraph by paragraph, sentence by sentence and we have come out clean," said Dikshit.

The state government organised the 2010 Commonwealth Games which was also mired in alleged corruption.

"We will fight elections with confidence. Our achievements are seen as well as felt by the people. The development is visible," she said.

"Aren't flyovers visible? Isn't the Metro visible," she asked.

When asked about the message she would convey to the electorate in Delhi, she said: "We will give the message to people when the election process starts."

While Dikshit will seek a straight fourth term for her party, BJP will seek to return to power after 15 years.

The 2012-formed Aam Aadmi Party will debut in this year's polls.

There are 70 assembly seats in the capital.


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