New Delhi: Angered over the BJP’s alleged U-turn over its promise to grant full statehood to Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today burned the 2014 BJP manifesto in full public view. Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday had said that both the BJP and the Congress had promised full statehood for Delhi, but never acted on it.
This decision was taken in a closed door meeting on Monday, a first after the announcement of the General elections schedule. New Delhi is scheduled to go to polls on May 12.
Reportedly, Monday’s meeting was attended by all ministers of the Delhi government, AAP legislators and senior party leaders.
A report in The Hindustan Times AAP legislator Madan Lal, who was present in the meeting, “The CM has told us that he himself will burn the BJP’s manifesto on March 13 [Wednesday]. The MLAs have been asked to burn BJP manifestos in their respective constituencies on March 15 [Friday] and ward in-charges have been asked to do so on March 17 [Sunday].”
The BJP in its 2014 elections manifesto for New Delhi had included full statehood for the national capital, among other things.
Whereas, BJP workers led by Union minister Vijay Goel also burnt the manifesto of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and a symbolic tower of its “failed” promises while accusing the ruling party of “cheating” the people of Delhi.
Hitting out at the Kejriwal government, Goel said, “We have torched this symbolic tower of failures and unfulfilled promises which cheated people of Delhi after making 70 promises to them before coming to power.”
Goel alleged that the Kejriwal government did not fulfil it’s promises of developing unauthorised colonies, to make Delhi pollution free, opening 20 colleges, buying 10,000 buses and cleaning the Yamuna, among others.
‘LET’S COME TOGETHER IN HARYANA’
On the other hand, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also proposed a seat-sharing alliance between JJP (Jannayak Janata Party), Congress and AAP in Haryana with the sole motive to defeat BJP.
Tweeting in Hindi, the AAP national convener added that if the three parties join hands, they will win all 10 seats in Haryana this Lok Sabha election. He furtheron urged Congress president Rahul Gandhi to think over it.
This comes in tow after the Congress refused to stitch an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha election.