Modi’s poll pitch in Delhi; targets ‘anarchist’ Kejriwal

SansadTV Bureau

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Kickstarting BJP’s poll campaign for Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday wooed voters with a host of promises as he singled out ‘anarchist’ AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for attack and asked voters to punish him for “wasting” one year.

Without naming Kejriwal or his party, Modi said at a rally here that if the AAP leader wants to be an “anarchist” as he has claimed to be, he should go to jungles to join naxals as Delhi cannot have anarchy. Kejriwal had said about a year ago that he is an “anarchist”.

During the 30-minute address, he suggested that Kejriwal has “mastery” in “lies” and dharnas and protests and should be given that role only and that power should be given to BJP which has “mastery” in administration.

At the rally at Ramlila Ground attended by all three new BJP Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, Modi sought a clear mandate for his party to ensure all round development and create a “new” Delhi.

Promising to take Delhi to new heights of development, the Prime Minister said people will be given an option of choosing their power service provider on the lines of mobile number portability and pledged to make Delhi slum-free by 2022.

He also promised to usher in a corruption-free system, saying it has been started at the top and gradually it will reach down to colonies.

“Trust me, I will clean up the system. I have started from the top and I will take it to the bottom. People take money from auto drivers, shopkeeper, the poor people…It will all stop,” the Prime Minister said.

Reaching out to the vast slum population, he promised to replace the slums with concrete houses by 2022, saying “your dream is my dream.” He said steps have already been initiated in this regard by the Urban Development Ministry.

While talking about schemes benefitting the poor, he referred to Jan Dhan and said bankers, who earlier used to be reluctant to open accounts of the people from lower economic strata, are now going house-to-house to open zero-balance accounts.

“So far 11 crore accounts have been opened as against the target of 7 crore by January 26,” he said adding though people had an option of opening zero-balance accounts, Rs 8,500 crore were deposited by them. In Delhi alone, 19.50 lakh accounts were opened under the scheme,” he said.

Taking a dig at the Congress over its claim of standing by the poor, he said “who was running government for the rich and who is running government for the poor has been proved by the Jan Dhan scheme.”

Promising 24 hour power supply to Delhi, Modi said he will rid the city of generators which will also ensure a cleaner environment. “We will shut the voice of generators in Delhi.
It will also help clean up the air by reducing poisonous gases.”

He said BJP was all set to take some “revolutionary steps” in Delhi which no one can even think of and talked about portability of choosing power service providers on the line of mobile number portability.

Modi termed Amit Shah as the “most successful” party president as under his leadership party has achieved unprecedented success in various states. Without naming anybody, the Prime Minister said a “factory of lies” has come up in the city and rumours are being spread that if BJP comes to power, the retirement age of government employees will be reduced from the current 60 to 58 years.

He said those spreading lies cannot be defeated by anybody except the people and asked the voters to do so.

“The government never thought about it and never spoke about it. And still a lie is being spread. Every day a new lie is being manufactured. Spreading lies is their job and their politics. Modi can never back stab anyone…Elect a good government in Delhi. Give us a clear mandate,” PM told the gathering.