NEW DELHI: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that both leaders were ‘fooling’ the people.
Gandhi was taking part in a march, Mashaal Juloos, against the Delhi government over the ongoing power and water crisis in the national capital.
Standing atop a vehicle along with Delhi PCC chief Ajay Maken, the Amethi MP said Kejriwal had made tall promises about solving Delhi’s electricity and water issues but was now trying to divert the issue by raking up odd-even and pollution issues.
“Power cuts are happening all over Delhi. There is a lot of water crisis. They promise but don’t deliver. It is possible to fool people once but it can’t be done again and again. Modi ji and Kejriwal ji think that they can fool the country every time. People suffer when this kind of politics of selfies happens. No false promises required, need work,” he said.
Gandhi attacked the celebrations organised by the BJP at India Gate to mark two years in office. “Farmers are dying due to drought and water problems and a celebration is being held at India Gate where people from Bollywood have come. I indulge in politics based on Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology. I can never practice politics of lie and false promises,” the Congress vicepresident said.
Over a thousand people gathered near Rajghat for the march, which earlier met with a major hurdle when the Delhi Police barred the use of fire-lit lanterns, considering it as a hazard.
AAP LEADERS DETAINED
Even as the Congress leader targeted the Kejriwal government, AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Dilip Pandey and Raghav Chaddha were detained by the police near the protest venue. As announced earlier, the AAP leaders reached the venue to provide Gandhi an account of power and water condition in the city during the Congress rule.
Chaddha took to Twitter and said: “We went to the rally venue with all documents to debate with RG. For the first time an offer to debate before protest, yet we are arrested.”
Pandey was quoted by news agencies that they had informed the Congress of holding a discussion on this issue.
“We thought they believe in democracy, dialogue and debate, but it seems they do not believe so. Otherwise, we would have told them, how Sheila Dikshit and Maken were involved in a money laundering scam of ` 8,000 crore. It is not right to do drama in such a situation. Rahul is just doing drama. He doesn’t care about the people of Delhi. He should stop acting,” he said.
The three were taken to Karol Bagh police station and were released after an hour.
(With inputs from Pemtha Longvah)