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Lok Sabha elections 2019| AAP has made Delhi a city of potholes: Yogi

He mocked the AAP chief and said Kejriwal must decide whether he wants to be the head of Delhi government or “the mukhia of dharna (chief of protests)” and pointed out the bad quality of roads in Delhi.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 08, 2019 14:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
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At his first rally in Delhi on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath hit out at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for his eagerness to forge an alliance with the Congress against whom he had levelled corruption charges to come to power. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

At his first rally in Delhi on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath hit out at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for his eagerness to forge an alliance with the Congress against whom he had levelled corruption charges to come to power.

He mocked the AAP chief and said Kejriwal must decide whether he wants to be the head of Delhi government or “the mukhia of dharna (chief of protests)” and pointed out the bad quality of roads in Delhi.

In his 15-minute speech, Adityanath said, “The UP CM said he was shocked to see the condition of roads in Delhi. “On my way here, I found the condition of road was very bad. The AAP government had turned Delhi into a city of potholes. They have done nothing for the development of the city. He (Kejriwal) doesn’t believe in coordinating with the Centre to work on projects for the development of the city,” Adityanath said.

“The AAP came to power by promising people to expose the Congress. People have seen that they were eager to forge an alliance with the same party. They now stand exposed,” Adityanath said. He added, “Politics done without ideals and values is dangerous for the country.”

Tight security was in place around Dr Hedgewar Grounds at Talab Chowk in Mandawali since last night, as the UP chief minister was to address a rally in support of BJP’s East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir at 10am Tuesday, but the rally started only by 3.30pm.

Waiting for the leader, resident were busy discussing Delhi politics and Adityanath, known for his controversial speeches. The locality of Mandawali has a sizeable Muslim population.

“In Delhi, people don’t vote on religious lines. We have a lot of Muslims in this locality, but we live in harmony,”
Yogeshwar Sharma, a shop owner, said.

His friend Aktar Ali said, “The real issue this elections is unemployment and the how the government’s policies has affected businesses, especially small traders. Nothing else matters. Let’s see what he (Adityanath) has to say.”

Adityanath said he is confident that Gambhir, a cricketer, will win by a huge margin.

Giriraj Singh (80), a resident of Mathura who was visiting his son in Delhi, said he came at 10 am to hear Adityanath. Sitting in the front row for nearly five hours, Singh said, “When I got to know that he is coming, I asked my son to drop me here. He has done a lot of work in UP,” Singh said.

He also hit out at the Congress and said it has failed as a party and will be defeated in Amethi, its bastion. “The Congress has completely failed. After their prince (Congress president Rahul Gandhi) failed, they have brought their princess (Priyanka Gandhi) to UP,” he said,

Gambhir said, “I have entered politics with honest intentions. We will promise only those things that we can deliver. The Delhi CM had promised CCTV, WiFi, among other things.But they have failed to deliver on their promises.” AAP leaders were not available for comment .

Gopal Rai, AAP’s Delhi convener, said: “The BJP is in power in so many states. It should name a BJP-ruled state where the electricity rates are as low as Delhi or where 20,000 litres of free water is given to the public or where free medical treatment is given. We are contesting this election based on the good work we have done in Delhi. They should cite what they have done so far. Why are they seeking votes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name?”

First Published: May 08, 2019 05:03 IST