With campaigning for the MCD polls picking up, Delhi Chief Minister on Friday raised a ‘caution’ for public, in case his party fails to win the municipalities. Sounding the bugle, he said that the power and water tariff will increase if either the BJP or the Congress comes to power in civic bodies.
Addressing his first public meeting in North Delhi’s Burari area, he also made an oft-repeated claim that both BJP and Congress – which are otherwise fierce political rivals — have “hatched” conspiracy against his party.
Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is currently ruling Delhi with a brute majority having 65 MLAs in a 70-house Legislative Assembly.
“Two days back, a senior BJP leader met me and said, a big conspiracy is being hatched. He told me that if either Congress or BJP comes to power in the MCD, they will increase rates of power and water in Delhi,” Kejriwal claimed before public in a rally.
“When I asked how it could be possible, he told me that the Centre will snatch power and water departments from the Delhi government and give them to MCDs. These both departments were with MCD before 1998,” Kejriwal added without disclosing the ‘source’ of his information.
Appealing the voters to support his party, Kejriwal listed out the achievements of his dispensation.
He said his government has halved power tariff in the city and provided free water to Delhites, adding that the BJP and the Congress would not allow it to continue if they win the polls.
“We have done a lot of work over the last two years. We have sent government teachers abroad for training and have been providing free medicines. Our government revamped the education and health sector,” he said, promising a cleaner city if his party is voted to power in MCD polls.
The Delhi CM also dared BJP chief Amit Shah for a debate on achievements of BJP-ruled states as against the AAP government’s here.
“I challenge Amit Shah for a debate on work of BJP-ruled states and AAP’s in Delhi. In Delhi, if someone consumes power up to 400 units, the bill is Rs 1,379. In Gujarat, it is Rs 2,700 for consuming the same amount of power.
“In Mumbai, the power bill for the same units is Rs 4,000 while in Karnataka, it comes to Rs 2,700,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)