New Delhi, Mar 28: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday made a scathing attack on Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal for not clearing doorstep delivery of ration scheme in the Assembly. Kejriwal vowed to take the matter to the ‘people’s court’ from next week and said citizens will teach him a lesson.
“I am going to Delhi’s slums starting next week. All my MLAs will go as well. We are going to tell people that BJP has stopped the proposal (doorstep delivery of ration) using the L-G… there are around 70 lakh PDS beneficiaries in Delhi. We will see who votes for you. People will teach you a lesson,” the Chief Minister reportedly said.
Arvind Kejriwal said he met Anil Baijal twice over the issue but the L-G did not show the ‘basic courtesy’ of informing him before rejecting the proposal. “Even God will tick you off for not clearing Kejriwal’s proposal,” Kejriwal said, participating in the discussion over the Budget, which was passed later.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief also targetted the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said, “Delhi has around 3,000 fair price shops. Half is run by BJP leaders and half by Congress, and this is where their problem is. It will put an end to their thievery.”
Attacking the Centre, Kejriwal said the Modi government has turned the issue into a ‘battle of ego’. The Chief Minister, who has largely remained silent on national issues of late, took on the Centre over the multi-crore fraud in Punjab National Bank (PNB), saying that there is an atmosphere of fear when it comes to banks.
“The Prime Minister should now perhaps tell people which is the safe place to deposit their money. During UPA government’s tenure, we had scams like 2G or coal. These days, we come across people looting banks and fleeing the country. They are not simply fleeing, they are actually being allowed to leave,” Kejriwal said.