Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said if Bharatiya Janata Party or the Congress comes to power in the municipal corporations, the power and water departments will be taken away from the Delhi government and given to the civic bodies as these parties were under “pressure” from power discoms and private water companies.
Sounding the poll bugle for the April 23 municipal elections at Burari in North Delhi, Kejriwal alleged that a senior BJP leader has recently “warned” him about it. He appealed the city electorate to ensure that AAP comes to power in the three MCDs so that the “good work” being done in these two areas continues unabated.
“Few days back, a senior BJP leader came to see me. He said a conspiracy is being hatched that if the BJP or Congress comes to power in the MCDs, the power department and the Delhi Jal Board will be given to the municipal corporations. He reminded that these two departments used to be with the MCDs prior to 1998,” said Kejriwal.
“They are doing this because these parties are under pressure from private companies because AAP government has plugged corruption. We did not allow discoms to raise power tariff...so please ensure that AAP comes to power in the three MCDs. The good work will continue, irrespective of which agency will operate these departments,” he added.
Addressing his first public meeting for the April 23 civic polls, Kejriwal stuck to the development work done by his government over the past two years, especially that in power, water, education and health sectors.
With the BJP being more on his target than the Congress, Kejriwal challenged BJP chief Amit Shah for a debate, comparing the performance of the AAP government with that of the BJP-ruled states. The AAP national convener, however, stayed away from naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi even once in his speech.
“The BJP has been ruling states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for over a decade. I challenge Amit Shah to compare their performance with the work done by us in two years....BJP is in power in MCDs for 10 years. I challenge them to list even one spectacular work that has been done in the MCDs,” Kejriwal said.
He assured people that AAP will implement its promise of waiving off house tax for all residential properties just like it fulfilled the electoral promise of reducing the power tariff by half and providing 20,000 litres of water free to each household every month.
Kejriwal clarified that his government has proved critics wrong by meeting all promises without letting the fiscal health of the state government getting affected.
“There is no dearth of money in government. We provided so many services free and the government is not short of funds. We saved money just by curbing corruption. But the BJP and Congress people cry foul that MCDs does not have funds...once we come to power, we will waive the house tax and make the MCDs profitable at the same time,” Kejriwal.said.
The first rally of Kejriwal was held in Burari, an area dotted with unauthorised colonies dominated by purvanchalis---the core vote bank.of AAP. The stage was erected on one end of a newly laid road in the unauthorised colony, Harit Vihar.