Arvind Kejriwal pits Gujarat model against his own

Kejriwal hit out at the BJP alleging the saffron party canvassed for votes in the name of development and later diverted the focus to other issues like the row over raising 'Bharat mata ki jai' slogan.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 28, 2016 12:35 am
Arvind Kejriwal, Narendra Modi, Aam Aadmi Party, BjP, AAP model, Gujarat model, Bharat Mata ki Jai, India news “people are so satisfied with AAP’s model of governance in the national capital that if elections are held today BJP won’t win even a single seat,” said Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday asked people to choose between his Delhi model of governance and the Gujarat model that “cheated” citizens.

Attacking BJP, he said: “There are two types of governance models at the moment. Our model and the way they (BJP) are working. During Lok Sabha polls, a (news) story was done on the Gujarat Model. We went to schools and hospitals in Gujarat then and found them in bad shape. Now, everyone knows what Gujarat model is. People have been cheated in the name of Gujarat model. Then, there is a Delhi model of governance. We invite everyone to compare the two models. See our Mohalla Clinics, see the work we are doing.”

Kejriwal hit out at BJP for seeking votes in the name of development and then diverting the focus to issues like the row over chanting ‘Bharat mata ki jai’.

“They took votes in the name of ‘vikas’ (development) and forgot about it after the polls. Now they say ‘Bharat Mata ki jai bolo nahi toh marenge’ (Say Bharat Mata ki jai or else we will thrash you). See what they are doing in Kashmir. During the Anna (Hazare) agitation, people chanted ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ from the heart. But they (BJP) are doing gundagardi (hooliganism)… Everyone is angry with them — students, farmers, jewellers. Even the Chief Justice (of India) wept in front of them,” he said at the AAP’s fifth national council meeting.

He further claimed that people of Delhi were “so satisfied with AAP’s model of governance” that if polls were held today “BJP won’t win a single seat”.

“We are not here only to fight elections. We are here to change the system. We will fight to win. Work so that people come with us. We have to fight elections to win 90 seats out of 100. We will fight elections to make governments and change the system,” he told AAP workers.

With the party preparing for the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls, Kejriwal hinted at a sure-shot win in the state and said AAP will only contest those seats where it was assured of a victory. Party members said AAP may also contest the Goa polls, where it is said to have received an overwhelming response.

Kejriwal also accused the Modi government of “trying its best to scuttle” AAP’s efforts.

“The world is appreciating the AAP government. The Centre is trying its best to scuttle our efforts but still we are moving ahead. We read our manifesto everyday and work on it, while they hardly remember what they promised …The Centre has done nothing. They say ‘we will do this by 2023’ because they know they won’t be in power then…Even the US says it needs to learn from Delhi’s Mohalla Clinics. By now we have made 100 of them, the number will be 1000 by the year-end…We gave historic compensation to farmers, the highest in the country. The work we have done in one year, no government has done in 10-15 years. This is happening because there is an honest government in Delhi. We are saving money in every project,” he said.

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    Amit
    Apr 28, 2016 at 9:55 am
    This third grade chu tia is not even CM for 2 years and he is comparing him model (does he has any?) with the development and heights achieved by Gujarat during Modi's tenure. Look at the pitiable state of Delhi full of government servants and Bihari/UP people and Punjabi's and a big and industrialised state like Gujarat, only a brainless like Kejriwal can ever compare them
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      Balgit
      Apr 28, 2016 at 4:23 am
      I still do not get what this Gujarat Model is? If Gujarat is so advanced, how come they have Land controversy involving CM, Patel stir, poor flood management, political control of cricket ociation, farmer suicides, Gun trotting Radadia, gun firing in jadeja's marriage, lion deaths?
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      1. Bhavadasan Veemboor Kadalayil
        Apr 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm
        The must know how to compare and what to compare.lt;br/gt;AAp is a party and can be compared with any other state/regional Party.lt;br/gt;One can compare Delhi with any other State or Union territories.lt;br/gt;Kejariwall can be compared with any other CM.lt;br/gt;How the stupid compare a Party (AAP) with State?
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        1. Kay Singh
          Apr 28, 2016 at 12:49 am
          Kejriwal's government is better on odd days while the Gujrat model is better on even days. Now put that behind all buses, autorickshaws, radio and TV....
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            Dhanasekaran Muthu
            Apr 29, 2016 at 10:38 am
            The big ones would have mutual compromises not to publicize the agenda or omission and commission - the same way it was happening in Tamil Nadu before Election Announcement
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