Accusing Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of indulging in cheap publicity for himself, Union minister for urban development, housing and urban poverty alleviation and information and broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said it was time that all opposition parties, especially the Congress, introspect reasons for their fall.
In Chandigarh to chair a meeting with Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on various issues pertaining to urban development and housing for poor in the state, Naidu dismissed Kejriwal’s allegation of tampering of electronic voting machines (EVM) in the Delhi municipal corporation polls. Aam Aadmi Party was routed in the Delhi polls. “Kejriwal is making lame excuses,” Naidu said.
‘Same EVMs won Delhi for Kejri’
“He must understand that these are the same EVMs with which he won the Delhi assembly polls two years ago. These are also the same EVMs with which Congress won in Punjab last month. Sometimes he says BJP is dengue and is quick to insult anyone, even the election commission. He is only indulging in cheap prachar (publicity) for himself,” Naidu told newspersons.
On being questioned about the Modi government’s performance, the former national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it was time that all Opposition parties, especially Congress, introspect reasons for their fall.
“They need to understand why their stature is diminishing while Modi’s is growing,” he said. “Modi’s stable and able government has won over directionless, leaderless and corrupt systems in the polls over the past three years in different states. People are with Modi,” he added.
‘Power comes from ballot, not bullet’
Regarding killing of security personnel by Naxals and militiants in Jammu and Kashmir, Naidu said the government will give a befitting reply. “It is unfortunate that so-called human rights activists vanish when security forces are killed but raise a hue and cry when forces act,” he said.
“Naxals, separatists and militants must understand that their ideology — that power came from barrel of the gun — is outdated. True power comes from the ballot,” Naidu said, adding that all political parties should come together on such occasions to isolate separatists and militants.