In Last Leg of Campaign, Kejriwal Mounts Attack on BJP

Published: 05th February 2015 12:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th February 2015 12:23 AM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal today mounted a stinging attack on the BJP accusing it of throwing "muck" on him to escape an imminent defeat and said people of Delhi will punish the party for resorting to a "negative" campaign.        

On the penultimate day of the high-voltage campaign, Kejriwal addressed a number of rallies where he came down hard on BJP for not following a "constructive and positive" campaign for the polls.           

"If my opponents continue telling lies about me, I will continue telling the truth about them," he said.

Kejriwal once again dared Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to arrest him on the donation issue and took serious note of the his "IRS officer" jibe at him.            

Kejriwal said he had been an Income Tax Commissioner and "know very well any investigation in such hawala case could be completed within 24 hours".     

Earlier, Jaitely had said, "He (Kejriwal) should be honest enough to tell the people what 'Arvind Kejriwal, IRS' would have done under these circumstances?"  

"...but the govt is not doing so (arresting him), rather it is trying to throw muck on my face," Kejriwal said addressing rallies at Moti Nagar and Rajouri Garden constituencies.          

Taking a dig at Modi for his promise of ensuring security of women in the national capital, Kejriwal said records show that crime against women has increased by 25 per cent in the city in the last seven months.         

The former chief minister also ridiculed Prime Minister's 'Jan Dhan Yojna' claiming lakhs of accounts opened under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet scheme have 'no money' and people will get insurance benefits under it only after death.     

"I heard the Prime Minister talking about opening bank accounts of lakhs of people (under Jan Dhan Yojna) but then where is the money? He now said that they will give insurance of Rs 1 lakh, which a person will get after he dies," he said in an election meeting at Tilak Nagar.         

"Had they said all these thing before the polls, then would people have voted for them?" Kejriwal asked, claiming that the NDA government has been brandishing 'Jan Dhan Yojna' as its achievement during the Delhi Assembly election rallies.        

Kejriwal also referred to reports of the government setting up an SIT for re-investigating the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases and said he would "revive the SIT set up by my government if voted to power".

"I formed an SIT to probe the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 after 15 days of becoming the Chief Minister. I could not work on the appointment of its members and officers due to my resignation. I had written a letter to Modi in November last year regarding the appointments to the SIT. But he went on to create a new SIT on the issue," he said.       

He also accused BJP and Congress of playing communal card adding that "if a single accused is jailed, no riot will take place in the city".

Hitting out at the BJP on the issue of power tariff, Kejriwal alleged the owners of power companies and BJP leaders were hand in glove and that was the reason why electricity meters in majority of households were running fast.  

"The previous Congress government was hand in glove with power companies and now even this government is doing the same," he claimed.

Kejriwal also attacked BJP for targeting AAP in the election rally and not touching upon critical issues like laying out a road map for development of the city.            

"They are throwing mud at us as they (BJP) are frustrated and they know they will lose," he said.   

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