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Budget session 2017: Delhi CM Kejriwal dares Modi, says parties ganging up against AAP

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was speaking on the motion of thanks to the Lieutenant Governor’s address to Delhi Assembly’s budget session. He said BJP, SP and NCP have come together to destroy Aam Aadmi Party

delhi Updated: Mar 07, 2017 23:51 IST
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrives to attend the budget session of Delhi Assembly on Tuesday.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrives to attend the budget session of Delhi Assembly on Tuesday. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP-ruled states and the municipal corporations to compare their work with that of the Delhi government before criticising it.

With Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) expansion plans in other states in mind, Kejriwal, for the first time, attacked political parties other than the BJP and the Congress. He said the parties, including the Congress, BJP, SP and NCP had come together to “destroy” the AAP.

Read: Delhi L-G lauds AAP govt’s achievements in first address to assembly

Speaking in a discussion on the motion of thanks to the lieutenant-governor’s address in the Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal attacked the BJP-led civic bodies and challenged them to list even a single work they had done in the last 10 years. The motion of thanks, moved by tourism minister Kapil Mishra on Monday, was passed by voice votes.

“We are new to politics, but with our two-year experience, we can say that they all (political parties) are hand in glove...the SP, BSP, Sharad Pawar (who heads NCP), Congress and the BJP were like a family. They are pained to see how we (AAP) have come to power. They want to destroy us,” Kejriwal said.

Comparing the Delhi government’s work with other states, he said, “The BJP has been in power in Madhya Pradesh for 10-12 years. I challenge its CM to list at least five works he has done in his state. I also challenge the Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan governments to show five works. I don’t blame you (BJP CMs), even (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji doesn’t know what he has done.”

The CM said the Centre had been sitting on the file to regularise unauthorised colonies for 1.5 years. He criticised former LG Najeeb Jung for not clearing the minimum wages bill. “Minimum wages should have been approved by August but the prime minister called former LG Najeeb Jung and said ‘don’t let anything happen’ in Delhi,” he said.

Read: The longest session of Delhi Assembly will end tomorrow with beginning of Budget 2017 session

Vijender Gupta, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, attacked the AAP government and termed the achievements listed in the lieutenant governor’s address as “hollow”. “I have read the LG’s speech several times. With great sadness I can say that people are disappointed. There was no agenda in the LG’s address. The government has strayed from its path,” he said.

Replying to Gupta’s charges, Kejriwal said he was “happy” that the opposition leader was not able to level any corruption charge against AAP ministers.

First Published: Mar 07, 2017 22:50 IST

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