The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday lashed out at chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for accusing the Narendra Modi government of turning its relationship with the Delhi government into an “India-Pakistan situation”.
“Whatever Kejriwal has stated correctly placed him in the category of the head of the enemy country,” said Surya Prakash Paul, general secretary of BJP’s western UP unit.
Kejriwal, also the national convenor of AAP, had said in the first edition of his ‘Talk to AK’ show on Sunday that his government would have achieved four times of what he managed in 17 months if the Centre did not put up “obstacles” and “if they would not have made this an India-Pakistan situation”.
“[Kejriwal] keeps one eye closed towards laudable acts of the Union government whereas the open eye sorts out certain points to show the Union government as his foe,” said Avdhesh Sharma, general secretary of the BJP youth wing.
“Pakistan conspires to destabilise India and Kejriwal attempts to weaken the BJP,” he added.
Kejriwal had alleged that the Centre was trying to “break” the AAP government in Delhi and that BJP president Amit Shah was micromanaging the CBI, adding, “but every dog has his day and all these will soon come to an end”.
The two BJP leaders said such utterances “emphatically” give an impression that the former tax-man was “losing his balance of mind and decency in behaviour”.
They asked Kejriwal to clarify whether he spent “hundreds of crores of rupees on advertisements mostly for self-publicity from his own pocket or from the party’s fund?”
The duo termed Delhi government’s measures such as the odd-even scheme and its promise to provide free Wi-Fi a “ruse” to save face because of its failures.
“Kejriwal should remember that Delhi is an international city hence sensitive issues cannot be handed over to the state,” Paul said, referring to his promise to conduct an “opinion poll” on full-statehood for Delhi and bringing police and land under its jurisdiction.