Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav has written a detailed letter to his former party colleague and the Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal on the eve of the crucial civic polls in the national capital.
In his letter, posted on Twitter, Yadav reminded Kejriwal that the latter had turned Sunday’s elections into a referendum on his government’s performance of two years.
He said, “Two years ago when the voters gave you a historic mandate, it was not because of an individual’s charisma. There was a sacrifice of thousands of dedicated volunteers behind this historic victory.”
2 साल में अरविंद को मेरा पहला पत्र,
अगर MCD चुनाव में आपकी पार्टी हारती है तो 'रिकाॅल' के सिद्धांत के अनुसार इस्तीफ़ा दें और दोबारा जनमत लें pic.twitter.com/XrQn8790tS
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) April 22, 2017
Yadav held Kejriwal responsible for letting the “incompetent and corrupt” BJP regime in the MCD become viable in these civic elections.
“You are personally responsible for letting this disaster befall upon the people of Delhi, for you have broken their trust. This loss of faith is not merely in one leader or party but is a loss of faith in the self-belief of the people of Delhi.
“After you betrayed them, the people of Delhi feel incapable of distinguishing between good and bad. And many people, with a feeling of dejection, are now returning to the same old parties they had earlier rejected.
“I am compelled to say that while being drowned in your egotism, narcissism, and greed for power, you have committed these crimes,” Yadav, a “former companion” of Kejriwal, sacked for questioning his style of functioning, said in a letter.
Elections will be held for the 272 seats in South, North and East MCDs.
“You have time and again claimed that the people of Delhi are with you. You have turned tomorrow’s MCD election into a referendum of your personal popularity. Your party is asking for votes solely in your name. Your hoardings don’t even contain your party’s name,” Yadav said.
“If you lose this referendum merely 2 years after winning 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi, morality demands that you abstain from making excuses like EVMs, resign from the post of the Chief Minister, and that your government must go back to the people for a vote of confidence, this in keeping with the principles of recall,” Yadav said.
Attacking Kejriwal over his poll promise of abolishing house tax, Yadav said it indicates that the AAP will face a drubbing in the polls.
“The manner in which you have offered inducements, fear and threats to voters during the ongoing campaign proves that you can clearly see the writing on the wall,” he said.
Elections for Delhi’s three civic bodies will be held on Sunday, while the counting will take place on 26 April.
BJP, AAP and Congress have given themselves an overwhelming majority in their own internal surveys.
(With PTI inputs)