New Delhi: In the run up to the Delhi elections, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said that her critics have been accusing her of corruption without any proof. Speaking to CNN-IBN, she also hit out at Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party and took on Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
"I would like to ask the AAP what's your policy, what's your ideology? What are you going to work for? And what is your record? Your record is that you joined a gentleman called Anna Hazare. You said you were not interested in politics, you took up politics. You said you would bring the Lokpal Bill. Where is it," Dikshit questioned.
Following is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview:
Bhupendra Chaubey: Despite all the allegations and charges that are levelled against you, nothing sticks on you. What is it about you that nothing sticks on you?
Sheila Dikshit: That's because if I may say, with humility, that had the charges been true they would have stuck. My attitude for charges on corruption is, show me where is it. If it is there, then I deserve to be punished accordingly.
Bhupendra Chaubey: Do you believe AAP is a force to reckon with?
Sheila Dikshit: The elections will tell you that. But I would like to ask the AAP what's your policy, what's your ideology? What are you going to work for? And what is your record? Your record is that you joined a gentleman called Anna Hazare. You said you were not interested in politics, you took up politics. You said you would bring the Lokpal Bill. Where is it?
Bhupendra Chaubey: Do you believe it's nothing but an opportunist group?
Sheila Dikshit: It could be. But it's not a serious group.
Bhupendra Chaubey: Arvind Kejriwal said that all that is happening in Delhi is that political parties are involved in nothing else but dalali. Do you approve of that?
Sheila Dikshit: What is this? We have been elected by the people, we run a government. Is this the kind of words you'll use? People have the right to vote us out.
Bhupendra Chaubey: Narendra Modi is also indulging in the same lingo.
Sheila Dikshit: I find it a little awkward to announce yourself as a chief PM. Let your party win. You can have anybody as the PM, it's your preorgative. Why is everybody jumping the gun?
Bhupendra Chaubey: How is it a case of jumping the gun?
Sheila Dikshit: We were in Karnataka, you never said we got our act together. Mr Modi went to Karnataka, nothing happened. So please, politics is not one sentence that says everything.