Kejriwal dares Sheila to public debate at Ramlila
Days after Pawan Khera, political secretary to Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, asked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal to refrain from making personal attacks on her, Kejriwal on Tuesday dared the chief minister for a public debate.india Updated: Jun 26, 2013 01:46 IST
Days after Pawan Khera, political secretary to Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, asked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal to refrain from making personal attacks on her, Kejriwal on Tuesday dared the chief minister for a public debate.
Kejriwal wrote a four-page letter to the chief minister and rejected Khera's charges that he had muddied politics in the city.
"A leader should lead from the front and not hide behind others. I don't understand why you didn't write directly to me? I invite you for a public debate on issues related to 'inflated' power and water bills. This debate may happen at Ramlila Maidan. You can fix the date and time as per your convenience. But I know you will not accept this challenge," Kejriwal has written in his letter.
"He just wants to hog the limelight and by now he knows he can achieve that by engaging with the chief minister and not me. This is all that he has done in his life," said Khera.
In the letter, the AAP leader also asked Dikshit not to give party tickets to politicians who had criminal records.
"In the Delhi Assembly, there are 16 Congress MLAs who are charged with serious criminal offences. How can these people make laws against rape, corruption and murder? Legislative Assembly is like a temple. And presence of such people will spoil the sanctity of the temple," he said.
Kejriwal said if Dikshit wanted clean governance, she must tell Congress not to give tickets to more than one member of a family. "In India, politics is under the grasp of dynasty and family rule. My request to you is to tell your party not to give tickets to more than one member of a family. I know this might force either you or your son -- Sandeep Dikshit -- to retire from politics," he said.
Kejriwal took on the chief minister on the issue of women's safety and said that being a woman herself, Dikshit chose to do nothing to curb growing violence against women in the Capital.
"Women do not feel safe in Delhi at all. Whenever a rape happens in Delhi, you shift the blame to Delhi Police, saying it is not under your control. Delhi people do not need a chief minister who is so helpless," he said.
On inflated power and water bills, Kejriwal alleged that the Delhi government was hand-in-glove with the power companies. "Both the Congress and BJP have a nexus with power companies and water companies. You kept on increasing the prices of power and water and the BJP, on and off, held protests to hog the limelight. Common people have been looted in the process but everything was fine for the Congress and the BJP," Kejriwal said.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also announced a list of nine more candidates for the upcoming assembly elections. A meeting was held on Tuesday to decide on the final list, which figures the names of Arvind Kejriwal, Gopal Rai. While Kejriwal will contest from the New Delhi, Gopal Rai will contest from Babarpur.