Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday, invoked Delhiites’ pride to reiterate the AAP’s demand for full statehood status to Delhi, saying that fight for the issue will go to any extend to make it happen for the interests of the national capital.
Kejriwal on Saturday made his first public appearance at a function after returning from Dharmasala sought to know as to why a resident of Delhi carries less “value” as compared to a citizen of Haryana where government has “full power”.
Without taking names of any political party and making direct reference to anyone, the Delhi Chief Minister said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will continue to fight for full statehood by going to any extent as goons in the high echelons” of the government hinder the work of Delhi.
After unveiling the statue of Delhi’s first CM Chaudhary Braham Prakash at government run Charak Sansthan in Najafgarh’s Khera Dabar in New Delhi, Kejriwal said, “Why should value of Delhi citizens’ vote be lesser than that of a Haryana voter? Why should the power of a government elected by a Haryana voter be greater than in Delhi? This is insult of Delhi citizens which is wrong… it is an attack on their ashmita (pride).”
The CM also said that the people of Delhi are part of this country and as we are the capital of India and by that means, we have a greater right to have equal powers, but it is unfortunate that our vote has “no value”.
He further said that the issues we are fighting are what first CM Chaudhary Braham Prakash was fighting for in 1950-51. He too was saying Delhi should get full statehood and we are also asking for the same.
“Like Choudhary Braham Prakash ji, once we decide to do something we do it on our own and for this, even if it requires twisting my fingers a bit. Kai baari seedhi ungli sey ghee nahin nikalta phir ungli tedhi karni padti hai –Sometimes it is not possible to achieve the goal with a straight finger so you have to twist it … we are up against goons sitting in the higher echelons of power,” he added.
Hitting back at Arvind Kejriwal over his “goon” remark, BJP today said the Delhi Chief Minister is “infamous” for making such comments and his party is a “blot” on the face of Delhi.
“People of Delhi know who the goon is. Arvind Kejriwal who always looks for excuses not to work is known for abusing rivals. He is the champion of lies. Kejriwal who always runs away by giving some excuse, should concentrate and work on the problems faced by people in Delhi.
“He should not defy the constitution. He should stop bad mouthing Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kejriwal’s party is like a blot on the face of Delhi. Through his constant abuses, he always insults the people of Delhi,” BJP national secretary Srikant Sharma said.
Without taking names of any political party and making direct reference to anyone, the Delhi Chief Minister said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will continue to fight for full statehood by going to any extent as “goons in the high echelons” of the government hinder the work of Delhi.
“There is anger amongst the people. These abuses are an insult to the poor of the country for whom Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working. He should correct his language.
Whenever the people of Delhi get a chance, they will wash away this blot by pushing the button on the EVMs,” Sharma said.