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Watch: Kejriwal says a handful of India's rich is at the centre in Modi's model of governance

Speaking after launching Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh's book The Crown Prince, The Gladiator and the Hope, the AAP convenor on Thursday said only the "people who are being governed can judge who's governance is better."

delhi Updated: Apr 10, 2015 21:25 IST
Pratyush Ranjan
Pratyush Ranjan
Hindustan Times
Arvind Kejriwal,Narendra Modi,Modi model of governance

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has claimed that his model of governance is better than Prime Minister Narendra Modi's model which is centred around only a few of the country's rich.

Speaking after launching Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh's book The Crown Prince, The Gladiator and the Hope, the AAP convenor on Thursday said only the "people who are being governed can judge who's governance is better."

"During the elections, people had two models of governance. One was the Kejriwal model of governance of 49 days and the other was Modi model of governance of 7-8 months. By giving us 67 seats (in the Delhi assembly poll), people have proven that Kejriwal model of governance is better," he said.

"In our model, a common man is at the centre whereas in his (Modi's) model, a handful of the country's rich is at the centre."

The Delhi CM also denied that he ever raised the slogan "Modi for PM and Kejriwal for CM" before the Delhi assembly polls, when asked by a member of the audience during a question and answer session.

Watch video: 'Kejriwal's model of governance is better than Modi's model'

Talking about people's expectations about his party's performance in the elections, Kejriwal said he was scared after the huge mandate they got in Delhi.

"I have said this on many occasion that I am scared. We have huge responsibility to fulfil people's expectation. We are going to perform each and every day in the next 5 years. Every day is equally important for us," said Kejriwal.

"You cannot judge our struggle to govern based on information being shown in TV. We are struggling to tackle the bureaucracy in order to run the government. It is not an easy job."

"I am sorry to say this, as I too was a part of the bureaucracy, but it is true that it has developed a habit of not doing its job."

"If you ask them to do something, they will tell you how the job cannot be done."

Watch video: "Struggling to tackle bureaucracy to run govt"

Kejriwal said that he was able to fight against all odds before the Delhi elections because there was a hope inside telling him that everything will be fine.

"We were doing our job with dedication and hope that people will accept us and they showed faith in us."

"I am not concerned about what has happened in the party. You have seen the conspiracies in the last two months in the party. But I am concentrating on governance only. I am not here to fight."

Watch: "I am not here to fight"

Kejriwal said the media had written his party's obituaries so many times in the last 4 years but the god has given the AAP a new lease of life and they survived.

He later said that the "aam aadmi or the collective people are like god in the country."

Watch: "Collective people are god"

Kejriwal also attacked the media saying it did everything to destroy him and his party.

"Media is still doing this. Before the Delhi elections, it tried hard to destroy our party. One fake sting also emerged. But the people of this country understand everything. They knew that media projects wrong things. This is why we won 67 out of 70 seats in the Delhi polls."

"People will decide if I am the high command in the party. People like us as we are and that is it."

Asked whether he was a 'ruthless' politician in the wake of allegations that dissent within the party had been crushed, Kejriwal dodged the question, saying, "People like me the way I am."

Watch: "Media tried to destroy us but people like us as we are"

During the beginning of the session, a member of the audience interrupted Kejriwal saying it is important to listen to the voices of 6 lakh villages of the country because India is not all about New Delhi but the villages as well.

Kejriwal agreed with him saying the common people are the only hope for the country.

Watch: "Aam aadmi is only hope in this country"

First Published: Apr 10, 2015 12:59 IST