Speaking to India Today TV, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that an alliance with Congress was a compulsion for his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) “to save the country”, but the deal is not happening. However, Kejriwal said that AAP will still put up a strong fight against BJP.
By: Ankit Tyagi
Source: INDIA TODAY
- Kejriwal said his ministers and MLAs are helpless in controlling crime because the police do not come under the Delhi government
- Kejriwal announced to go on an indefinite hunger strike from March 1 in support of his demand for full statehood to Delhi
- He also said that the Modi government “intentionally” snatched powers of the Delhi government
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that he was “helpless and had no option” but to share stage with Congress and other Opposition parties to fight Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP.
Speaking to India Today TV, Kejriwal said that an alliance with Congress was a compulsion for his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) “to save the country”, but the deal is not happening. “Nahi ho raha. Aisa Congress walon ne kaha hai (It’s not happening. Congress leaders have told me),” he said.
The AAP chief said that he was unable to understand Congress’ intentions. “Congress has ruled out an alliance with us. It helps BJP in Delhi. Congress is also weakening the BSPSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh by going solo. Same is happening with Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal. Don’t know why Congress would help BJP,” the AAP chief said.
“Had AAP and Congress come together for the Lok Sabha elections, BJP would have been easily wiped out in Delhi,” he said. Kejriwal said BJP chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are “dangerous for the country” and hence joining hands with Congress and others was the only option.
He, however, said that AAP will still put up a strong fight against BJP. The AAP chief also lashed out at Congress and BJP for opposing his demand of full statehood to Delhi. He said when these parties were in power, they demanded full statehood to Delhi.
“Why are they opposing my demand now?” he asked. Kejriwal has announced to go on an indefinite hunger strike from March 1 in support of his demand for full statehood to Delhi.
“The people of Delhi elected seven BJP MPs last time and seven Congress MPs before that. We are saying, you have tested Congress and BJP. Give us seven MPs this time and we will get full statehood to Delhi,” he said.
Kejriwal said his ministers and MLAs are helpless in controlling crime because the police do not come under the Delhi government. He said the Modi government “intentionally” snatched powers of the Delhi government. “Officers are being threatened that if you work for Arvind Kejriwal, we will not leave you,” he alleged.
The Delhi CM said every time the health and education departments do something good, the Narendra Modi government “removes the top officers”. He said in the past four years, “we have begged and cried” before the Modi government to “let us govern Delhi”, but nothing changed.
“Why are the people of Delhi being insulted? Why is the vote of the people of Delhi any less than that of people from other states? Why should people of Delhi not get the same benefits as those in other states?” he asked. Kejriwal claimed that if Delhi is granted full statehood, the government can ensure easy housing for all.
“Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was formed 70 years ago to build houses for middle and lower class people. Then why are there slums in the city? There is a huge demand for new houses, but they are not building them. DDA has become a base for builder mafia and corruption,” he said.
“Middle class people don’t have a house in Delhi. They live on rent here. Houses can be built if we make DDA corruption free. The day Delhi becomes a complete state, we’ll give each family a house on easy installments,” he said. Kejriwal said more and more colleges can be built if his demand is met.
He also said full statehood to Delhi will mean lakhs of government jobs. “Delhi’s people prefer somebody who can fulfill their demands and in order to meet their demands, if the chief minister even sacrifices his life, I guess they will support him,” the CM said.