Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally to be held at Ramlila Maidan on Wednesday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not fulfilling its promise of full statehood to Delhi.
Addressing a press conference Tuesday, the Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai posed five questions to the BJP. “During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, at the same Ramlila Maidan, you had promised full statehood to Delhi. Five years have passed and you have forgotten your promise, leave alone fulfilling it. Why did you lie about it?” he said.
On May 12, Delhi will vote in the sixth phase of the general elections.
The Aam Aadmi Party said before making fresh promises to garner votes at Ramlila Maidan, Modi should speak on the promises he made in 2014. He said the PM should tell the people of Delhi why they get only ₹325 crore in return when they pay ₹1.5 lakh crore in tax.
“The third question is why are the people of Delhi treated as second-class citizens even though they supported the BJP in the last elections and gave the party all seven MPs? The fourth question is why is an ordinance not being brought to stop the sealing, which has badly affected the trader community,” Rai asked.
The AAP leader asked why a special manifesto was not released for Delhi by the BJP and questioned the latter’s plan for the city.
Claiming that the Congress is preparing for the 2024 polls , Rai said the Congress has accepted defeat and is telling volunteers to lay the foundation for 2024.
The BJP, in turn, said that the AAP was resorting to “theatrics”. “I want to remind Arvind Kejriwal about his oath-taking at Ramlila Maidan. He is enjoying all government facilities despite promising not to use any . The AAP leaders have become mere spokespersons who comment from their AC rooms,” said Vijender Gupta, BJP’s leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly.
May 08, 2019 05:12 IST
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