NEW DELHI: On the first anniversary of his government, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the city's development was in the past kept leashed by the "bad intentions" harboured by his predecessor governments
Now that those bottlenecks have been removed by his government, all was working well, he claimed.
Seeking to underscore the difference his and his predecessor regimes, Kejriwal said the "same team of doctors and engineers" -- who earlier "did not get a chance to work" -- were now doing a "good job".
The reason for this happy turn of events was that they were now being directed by "leaders with good intentions".
"The parties which were in government in the past would keep saying that there is no money (for development works). But from my experience in the last year, I have seen that there is no shortage of funds, only of intentions.
"Until now, their intentions were bad. Last year, you gave a thumping majority to those with good intentions (AAP). Now see, all the big works are taking place," Kejriwal said.
The chief minister made these remarks during the inauguration of an Aam Aadmi polyclinic at Jaffrabad, one of 20 the government launched on anniversary day.
Addressing the gathering, Kejriwal listed a number of measures the AAP government took up during the past year including reduction in power tariff, making water available for free, supplying water to 268 colonies and providing "hefty" compensation of Rs 50,000 per hectare to farmers affected by untimely rainfall.
The chief minister said his government has saved "hefty money" by constructing flyovers "well in advance".
"When we saved Rs 350 crore from the flyover works, I asked the health minister what do we do with the money? Then we decided to offer all services at government hospitals for free," he said.