Kejriwal Showcases Delhi Model of Development Against the 'Myth' of Gujarat Model

Kejriwal was addressing the National Council meeting here where a fresh National Executive was elected for a period of three years.

Published: 27th April 2016 09:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th April 2016 09:27 PM   |  A+A-


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing volunteers during a training-cum-orientation programme for the second phase of the odd-even scheme at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. |File Photo: PTI


NEW DELHI: Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today showcased the Delhi model of development against the "myth" of Gujarat model and said people are feeling "cheated" as votes were garnered in the name of development but the focus now is on issues like raising 'Bharat mata ki jai' slogan.

"Before the Lok sabha polls, there was a myth created before the nation. The name of the myth was Gujarat Model of Development. The story was created a year before the Lok Sabha polls about the Gujarat model of development.

"Now the entire country is saying that we have been cheated. What was that Gujarat model. People say that they have photoshop editors...they will show Switzerland road and say this is Gujarat's road. This is the way they have cheated the country. Today there is a story of Gujarat model of development and then there is a reality of Delhi model of development.

"We challenge the country and world to see the Gujarat model of development and Delhi model of development. We invite people to see Delhi model of development...see our mohalla clinics, find faults in it and we will rectify them," Kejriwal said, even as he listed out the achievements of his government over the past one year in field of electricity, water, health and education.

Kejriwal was addressing the National Council meeting here where a fresh National Executive was elected for a period of three years.

Terming the incident of Chief Justice of India T S Thakur breaking down before Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a conference as the "biggest slap on the face" of Modi government, Kejriwal said traders, jewellers, farmers and students are upset with the BJP rule.

Indicating his willingness to expand the party's base, Kejriwal said AAP will have to fight elections with a target of winning at least 90 per cent seats and make governments to change the system.

Attacking the BJP over the 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' row, Kejriwal said the saffron party deserted the cow after Bihar polls, and will also "forget" Bharat Mata ki Jai after their loss in polls ahead. Interestingly, Kejriwal started his speech with Bharat Mata, his usual style before addressing any rally.

"They are trying to divide the country. The traders, the jewellers, farmers and students are upset with them. The Chief Justice of India cried before them. There cannot be a bigger slap on the face of the Modi government when Chief Justice of India wept," he said.

"They took away vote on the name of development. They brought cow before Bihar polls. They failed in Bihar and deserted the cow. Now they have brought Bharat Mata ki Jai.

After they lose the next polls, they will leave Bharat Mata as well.

"Before polls, they (the BJP) said we will do development and took away the votes on this plank. Had they taken votes in the name of Hindus, they would not have got even 10-12 per cent of votes," Kejriwal said.

"After victory, they forgot development and resorted to hooliganism....if you don't raise the slogan Bharat Mata ki Jai then we will bash you. Those who chant Bharat mata ki Jai in Kashmir are put behind bars and outside Kashmir those who don't chant Bharat Mata ki Jai are also put behind bars. This is their hypocrisy.

"These people say if you don't say Bharat Mata ki Jai then we will chop off your head. This is not Bharat Mata ki Jai, but hooliganism." Kejriwal said, adding when social activist Anna Hazare gave a Bharat Mata ki Jai call, everybody raised it whole-heartedly."

Attacking the Centre, he said that the Prime Minister talks of cooperative federalism, but tries to break duly elected governments.

Referring to the tussle between his government and the Centre over several issues, Kejriwal accused the Modi government of "trying its best to scuttle" AAP's efforts but added that "still we are moving ahead and working for the people of Delhi".

"We believe our manifesto is our Geeta, Quran and our Bible and keep the copy on our mobile phones. We revise it every morning. And then there is another party which says that their promises were jumla. They must not be even remembering their manifesto," Kejriwal said.

He also lashed out at Modi for giving "unrealistic" deadlines.

"When we fix targets, we say we will do it by December 2017 (during the life of the government's). Prime Minister says that the farmers income will be doubled by 2022 because he knows that they will not be in power by then. So say whatever you wish. They are not doing what is to be done. Tell us what will you do now. We are giving a deadline and if we don't do it then pull us up," Kejriwal said.

Listing the achievement of mohalla clinic, he said a leading American newspaper has lauded the concept.

"The newspaper report says that America should learn something from the mohalla clinic. We would earlier say that we have to learn a lot from America. Now the wind is blowing the other way round," he said.

If the polls are held now, the Delhi Chief Minister claimed, it will even win the remaining three seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly.

Kejriwal said the government is planning to come up with a policy that if power goes off in any area, the discoms should restore it in an hour or else it has compensate residents for power failure.

He said that 30 lakhs gallons of water is being saved per day by giving free 20,000 litres of water and Jal Board has recorded a profit of Rs 176 crore and installed pipeline in 263 new colonies. The CM said said he given a target of 100 per cent piped water in Delhi homes by December 2017.

Kejriwal said said 8000 new classrooms in government schools will be ready by July this year, adding that even the private sector cannot do the work so "efficiently" the way the PWD department has done.

Attacking the Congress, senior AAP leader Ashutosh said that it(Cong) cannot take on the RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it is only AAP, which has the "ability" to do so.

"The party believes that the Congress, which is the the main opposition party, cannot counter Narendra Modi and the RSS. It is wiped off in Delhi, it will meet the same fate in Punjab. People don't trust them anymore.

"It is the Aam Aadmi Party which is not only fighting Modi and the RSS, but also has the ability to defeat them. We have proved that in Delhi, and Punjab is waiting. And we are working in other states as well," Ashutosh said.

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