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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal MCD campaign: Door to door, dil se dil

From octogenarians to children — people poured out into the narrow street to get a glimpse as he walked through their lanes, stopping for a word every now and then.

kejriwalArvind Kejriwal has got down on the ground to campaign for the MCD election, starting with door-to-door campaigning in South Delhi's Chirag Dilli village. (Express)

Only a handful of Aam Aadmi Party workers stood at the entrance of Chirag Dilli village on a usual Tuesday morning as campaigning for the MCD polls took off. Within minutes, however, most of the residents were out on the streets realising that it was Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at their doorstep.

From octogenarians to children — people poured out into the narrow street to get a glimpse as he walked through their lanes, stopping for a word every now and then.

Taking over the party’s final leg of campaigning ahead of the polls in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Kejriwal’s campaign was a surprise. He took selfies with residents and asked them if they were happy with AAP and were receiving the promised water and electricity.

Savitri, an 80-year-old who met Kejriwal for the first time, blessed him and said, “You are our son, god bless you. Hume aap jaise neta chahiye.” When the CM asked her if she had been on the government-sponsored teerth yatra, she said, “Haan, mujhe ek baar aur jana hai.”

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As he walked through the streets and waved, a woman asked, “Sir, aapne muffler nahi pehna?” to which the CM laughed and said, “Abhi thand nahi aayi hai.” Kejriwal later walked to the Prajapati Chowk, the centre point of the village and spoke to people in a dhaba over a cup of tea. Exchanging greetings, the CM promised, “Last time I took you to Rameshwaram, this time if come to power in MCD, will take you all to Ayodhya dharshan.”

Addressing the residents, the CM said, “I came here last in 2013 and found out that the main issue here was water availability. I promised to provide 24*7 water supply. Have you all got it?” he asked. He added, “Now, I see there is garbage everywhere across Delhi. Give me one chance, I will clean the garbage and landfill site and make the city clean and shine in the next five years.”

Shambhu Yadav, a resident, said, “I wanted to meet the CM but could not because of the crowd. I have no complaints except for water. The supply has improved but we get limited water. The other major issue here is garbage, even this road was cleaned just because of his visit.”

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An upset 19-year-old said, “I wanted to take a selfie and post it on my Instagram story but could not get inside.”

Interacting further with the public there, Kejriwal said, “Chirag Dilli village now has a mohalla clinic and hospital. The only thing that is lacking is cleanliness, and I could not clean this place because the MCD does not come under us. Now, I want one chance, and we will make Delhi shine.”

The CM attacked BJP over their campaign by CMs of other states and central cabinet ministers. “If the BJP had done any good work in the last 15 years, there would have been no need to bring 17 central ministers, Chief Ministers and MPs on the ground to seek votes for the MCD polls. See, I am campaigning alone,” he said.

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He referred to the BJP as a “film production company” over the recently leaked videos of AAP minister Satyendar Jain purportedly showing him taking “massage” and having food in jail. “The BJP has become a film production company. The only difference is, normal movies are released on Friday. These people release a movie every day… ,” he added.

First published on: 29-11-2022 at 16:33 IST
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