Kejriwal promises free electricity, jobs if AAP forms govt in Assam


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday promised free electricity and jobs if AAP came to power in Assam, while he accused the ruling BJP of doing nothing but playing “dirty politics” in the Northeastern state.

Aam Aadmi Party governments in Delhi and Punjab are giving free electricity to their states, and it will be the same in Assam, too, if the party forms government, Kejriwal said at a rally.

He promised jobs for all unemployed youths of Assam if AAP is voted to power, adding that the party has given employment to 12 lakh people in Delhi in seven years, and 28,000 people in one year in Punjab.

Kejriwal also assured of providing piped water to all households of Guwahati within a year of the AAP forming government in the state.

“AAP came to power in Delhi in 2015 and the BJP here in 2016. Today, we have changed the face of Delhi. What has Himanta babu (Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma) done for the state in seven years? Nothing, only dirty politics,” Kejriwal alleged.

On Sarma’s threat of suing him if he raised corruption charges against the BJP leader, Kejriwal said his Assam counterpart has not learnt the culture of people of the state, who accord a warm welcome to their guests.

“For two days, he has been threatening me that he will put me in jail. Am I a terrorist? I invite Himanta babu to come to my house in Delhi for tea. And if he can make time, also have a meal with me. I will show him around the city, the wonderful work we have done there,” Kejriwal said.

Sarma had on Friday threatened to file a defamation case against Kejriwal if the Aam Aadmi Party leader alleged corruption cases against him outside the assembly.

Kejriwal had reportedly said in the Delhi Assembly that there are cases against Sarma.

Taking a swipe at the Assam CM over the recent Class 10 board exam paper leak, he said: “A government which cannot even keep the question papers safe, how will they run a state? In Delhi or Punjab, question papers never get leaked.” “It has to be an insider job. Someone is selling the future of your children,” he claimed.

Raising the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s academic qualification, Kejriwal said only an educated person can ensure development of a country.

“In a poor country like ours, being illiterate or less educated is not a crime. We have no problem with that. But, the prime minister should be educated. If not, it is a dangerous thing,” Kejriwal maintained.

He asserted that demonetisation and the three farm laws that were later withdrawn are instances of Modi being “fooled” by his advisors.

“The manager of a company needs degrees to fit his role. The ‘top manager’ of the country would also definitely require some degree,” he said.

The AAP chief’s comments came in the wake of the Gujarat High Court quashing a seven-year-old order of the Central Information Commission (CIC), which had asked the Gujarat University to provide information on Modi’s degree to him.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, who was also present at the rally, said the country needs a “new engine” for growth.

“They (the BJP) keep talking about some double engine of growth. But, that is not needed. What is needed is a ‘new engine’, one that runs with speed and more importantly remains on track,” he said, pointing towards Kejriwal.

He also accused the BJP government at the Centre of selling off public assets, attempting to stifle the opposition, and working for the benefit of select corporates.

“The country is being sold and we cannot even raise our voice or put up posters against it,” Mann said, apparently referring to police action in Delhi over posters demanding removal of the prime minister. 

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