The AAP government Saturday attacked the BJP and RSS, a day after BJP MP Vijay Goel said he was going to violate odd-even rules Monday to protest the money allegedly spent on publicising the pollution-control plan.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed this was part of a ploy to make odd-even fail and the BJP had tried something similar during the first phase of the plan. He added that the people of Delhi would ensure that the BJP’s “plan” failed instead.
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“In Jan too, BJP tried to fail odd-even by orchestrating officers’ strike. People failed BJP and made odd-even success. BJP appeals ppl to break odd-even. BJP auto union calls strike. BJP wants odd- even to fail. But Del will fail BJP,” tweeted Kejriwal.
Transport Minister Gopal Rai also hit back at Goel, saying his statement proved that the BJP and RSS intended to thwart the odd-even plan. “The BJP and RSS are trying to make odd-even a failure,” he said.
Rai said that in spite of Goel saying he was going to violate the rule, the BJP had stayed silent. “His party should have taken a stand… It seems the BJP has decided to work against the odd-even policy. If anyone tries to disrupt its implementation, the government will not tolerate it,” said the minister.
Rai also read out from a letter which, he said, was from an auto-rickshaw driver who said the “BJP-backed union” was trying to organise a strike in the capital Monday. He claimed that the strike was meant to benefit cab services like Ola and Uber.
“The union is trying to organise a strike… this is to benefit Uber and Ola. I have got a letter from an auto-rickshawallah… he has said he wanted to alert us about the Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh, which is trying to make auto drivers go on strike… and this would benefit Ola and Uber. He said the leaders of BMS are threatening people…,” said Rai.
He accused the BJP of trying to “destroy” auto-rickshaw drivers by forcing them to go on strike. “This strike is revenge against auto-rickshaw drivers as they support AAP,” said Rai, adding, “I request auto drivers to not participate in the strike”.
However, Rajender Soni, general secretary of the Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and the Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union, said the unions would go ahead with the strike on Monday. He claimed that the AAP government had “cheated us by making false promises”.
“We staged a dharna on March 14 and we told them unless our demands are fulfilled, we will go on strike on April 18. We demanded that Ola and Uber should be banned, but the government is allowing them to ply. They are affecting our livelihood,” said Soni.