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2:55 am - Thursday February 22, 2018

No change in MP in past 15 years: Kejriwal

Staff Reporter, Bhopal

Launching a scathing attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Madhya Pradesh, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that change and development is visible in New Delhi in two-and-half years but it is missing in the heartland state.

“When change can happen in New Delhi in two-and-a-half years, then why not in Madhya Pradesh in 15 years,” said Kejriwal while addressing the ‘Shankhnad Rally’ organised by the AAP’s Madhya Pradesh unit at the BHEL Dussehra Ground here.

The rally was organised as a part of preparations for the forthcoming state assembly elections. “The whole society is confronted by problems. The BJP is in power for the past 14 years. A new Madhya Pradesh could be created on the condition that good governance is provided.

This has happened in Delhi. You can compare the change in Delhi in the past two-and-half years and that in Madhya Pradesh in the past 15 years,” he said. In his half-an-hour speech, Kejriwal – who arrived at the venue about one-and-a-half hours after the scheduled time – said that the party has begun a new kind of politics.

Commenting on the infamous Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam that rocked the state, he said that large-scale inconsistencies took place in the scam that claimed 40 lives.

Now, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been engaged to cover it up, he alleged. Putting the Madhya Pradesh Government in the dock on the issue of expensive electricity, Kejriwal said, “Though Delhi buys power from Madhya Pradesh, electricity bill for 200 units comes around Rs 462.

In contrast, the bill for consuming same amount of power in Madhya Pradesh is Rs 1,370.” Claiming that facilities at government schools and hospitals in Delhi have been revamped, he said that residents are bringing their children out of private schools and admitting them in government schools.

Hospitals, medicines, examinations and other facilities are free in government hospitals. Kejriwal – who commenced and concluded the address with ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan – appealed to people for making ‘AAP’ victorious in the assembly elections for saving Madhya Pradesh.

The rally was also addressed by AAP’s Madhya Pradesh In-Charge and Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai and the party’s state convener Alok Agrawal.

Corruption has come down in Delhi 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that corruption has increased by 67 per cent in various offices functioning under the Centre.

“On the contrary, corruption has reduced by 81 per cent in offices under the Delhi Government,” said Mr Kejariwal while addressing the ‘Shankhnad Rally’ organised by the AAP’s Madhya Pradesh unit at the BHEL Dussehra Ground here.

Referring to a report by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), he said that corruption in Delhi has come down. Citing an example, Mr Kejriwal said that a bridge – estimated to be constructed at a cost of Rs 425 crore in Delhi – has been built at a cost of Rs 300 crore.

“It would not have been possible if there were any other government in power,” he said, adding that his party’s bank account is empty. While targeting both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, Mr Kejriwal said that the BJP and the Congress are working in tandem with each other.

Kejriwal announced to contest on all 230 seats of the state. Kejriwal kick-started the 2018 election campaign at the ‘Shanknaad Rally’. He said that the election won’t be fought by him or Gopal Rai, but it will be a people’s election.

Joining chorus with Kejriwal, Gopal Rai said that AAP has made commendable progress in every state.

Cong, BJP leaders join AAP

Several Congress, BJP and other party leaders joined AAP on Sunday. Those who have joined AAP include eight Congress, six BJP, three BSP, three Samajwadi Party, two Gondvana Gantantra Party and four Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders, among others.

Those who joined AAP include Congress leader Lakhan Agarwal, BSP leader Gulab Singh from Rewa, Shyam Singh Gaur of Samajwadi Party in Bhind, former mandal BJP president Brahm Kishore Dubey, former district president youth congress of Gwalior Rajesh Singh, former BJP janpad panchayat member in Balaghat district Bhagat Ram Hatimare, district convener of Gondvana Gantantra Party in Balaghat, block president of BJP’s Chaurai block in Chhindwara district Yogendra Maneshwar, former candidate of BSP from Khargone Kailash Rokade, former secretary of the Barwani district Congress Shailesh Chaubey, former BSP candidate from Alirajpur Antar Singh Patel and others.

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