Surrounded by hundreds of supporters at a slum cluster in Jungpura, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took a dig at the Narendra Modi government’s promise to construct concrete houses for slum dwellers, and promised five lakh houses if the AAP was voted to power.
Speaking at a jansabha at Ambedkar Park in Sidharth Basti, Kejriwal said, “When PM Narendra Modi came to the Ramlila Maidan for his rally, he promised to construct concrete houses for all slum dwellers by 2022. But within eight months of joining government, they have demolished slums in Wazirabad, Rangpuri, Vasant Kunj and Wazirpur. Where will they all sleep? Under the open skies?”
“They (BJP) want to take over your land and help the rich. If the AAP comes to power, I can assure you, no slums will be demolished. For five lakh slums, we will make five lakh houses and give you a life of respect,” Kejriwal said while campaigning for Jungpura candidate Praveen Kumar.
He went on to criticise the BJP further, this time with regard to women’s issues. “The whole party (BJP) is after women. One of their leaders spoke of how a woman should give birth to four children. Another said women should not wear jeans, carry cell phones… Their intentions are wrong,” he said.
As he shifted the campaign rally to upscale Amar Colony, the tone of his address changed too — here it was about free WiFi.
“Young boys and girls love it when I talk about free WiFi. It will enhance women’s security measures as we plan for a security button on all cell phones. Internet connectivity will ensure that the distress signal reaches the nearest police station immediately. All plans and blueprints are ready,” he said.
Promising to once again reduce water and electricity rates, Kejriwal apologised for resigning last February and appealed for votes.