Won’t even spare my kids if they’re involved in illegalities: Kejriwal

  • PTI, Panaji
  • Updated: May 22, 2016 21:42 IST
AAP convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a rally in Panaji, Goa. (PTI Photo)

Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that he would not even spare his own children if they were found to be involved in any illegal activities.

“Tomorrow even if my child is involved in any illegality, I will not spare him (and) I will take stringent action against him,” Kejriwal said while addressing a rally in Panaji, kicking off AAP’s campaign for Goa assembly polls scheduled to be held in 2017.

Kejriwal recalled how the AAP government (in Delhi) had dismissed its own food minister from the Cabinet after he was caught demanding a bribe.

In his 40-minute speech, Kejriwal touched on the issue of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s debt to the banks.

The Delhi chief minister alleged that Congress had given Rs 9,000 crore subsidy to Mallya.

“We gave (electricity) subsidy of Rs 1,400 crore that benefited 36 lakh families (in Delhi). But the Congress kept on criticising AAP government for the subsidy. We gave subsidy to help the common men, while Congress gave Rs 9,000 crore subsidy and that too for one person: Vijay Mallya,” he alleged.

Taking a dig at BJP, Kejriwal said, “When the party came to power (at the Centre) they allowed him (Mallya) to run away so that he is not caught.”

Kejriwal said his government has slashed down power tariffs in Delhi to the second lowest ,against the highest tariffs in the capital a year and half ago during Congress’ rule.

“Then government was not heeding to the demand of the people that private firms providing electricity to Delhi were running scams. But when we came to power, we did the audit of their accounts through CAG that revealed a Rs 8,000 crore scam,” Kejriwal claimed.

“We want to take action against these power firms and recover the money but the case is pending in the Supreme Court. Once we win the case, we promise that Delhi’s power tariff would be reduced further,” he added.

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