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Country’s atmosphere has vitiated, need respect to progress: Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that people were being “made to fight in the name of religion” but for the progress of the country there was a need to spread love and respect

delhi Updated: Aug 16, 2018 04:24 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inspects the guard of honour during 72nd Independence Day function at Chhatrasal Stadium, in New Delhi, on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that people were being “made to fight in the name of religion” but for the progress of the country there was a need to spread love and respect.

After unfurling the tricolour at the Independence Day celebrations at north Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium on Wednesday morning, Kejriwal began his speech with ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and end it with singing “Hum honge kaamyaab (We shall overcome)”.

Kejriwal said that these days, the country’s atmosphere is vitiated. “In our country, research and science experiments have stopped. Today, India is known as a place where Hindu-Muslim riots and rapes occur,” he said.

“But I am happy in the last three years, certain good things such as our mohalla clinics project are being discussed in London... France, Canada and many other countries,” Kejriwal said while listing out the AAP government’s achievements in Delhi. He announced that in the next five years, his government will make the national capital’s sewer system the best in the country.

Kejriwal said that “unprecedented” development took place in the national capital in last three years during AAP government’s tenure because of an “honest government” in the city.

“In the last three years, our every file was checked by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) but got nothing … police, Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate could not get anything against our legislators. This is first time that such an honest government is in Delhi,” he said.

Kejriwal said that if Delhi could achieve success in education, health, supply of water and electricity in three years, why could it not take place in the rest of India. “On September 6, former secretary general of the United Nations Kofi Annan along with six other dignitaries is coming to see our mohalla clinics. Our happiness curriculum, which has recently been started in schools, is being discussed in Europe and Washington (the US),” the CM said.

Citing the example of Japan, Kejriwal said that despite being ravaged by the World War II, the East Asian country managed to rise again and was far ahead of India.

“Only shouting slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ will not lead to any progress; it can only be achieved if good education is given to all children in the country irrespective of caste, creed and religion. All we need is a clear intention to bring changes,” he said.

Kejriwal added that around 1,500-2,000 years ago, Nalanda University was the most famous academic institution of the world but these days, India’s universities don’t even figure in the top 10 list across the globe.

“Around 2,000 to 3,000 years back there used to be the best sewer system in Harappan civilisation but we could not establish a good sewer system in our national capital in last 70 years. We have started preparations to change Delhi’s sewer system and in next five years it will have the best sewer system in the country,” he said.

Vijender Gupta, leader of opposition in the Delhi Assembly, criticised Kejriwal for his Independence day speech.

“Arvind Kejriwal’s Independence Day speech was shallow. He only listed out his government’s achievements but there is no authentication of these claims. He should think before making tall claims at such a platform. People of Delhi very well know that what kind of governance they have received. The Aam Aadmi Party is a sinking ship as many of its leaders are leaving the party,” Gupta said.

First Published: Aug 16, 2018 04:22 IST