Parties underestimating AAP in Haryana like they did in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwalhttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/parties-underestimating-aap-in-haryana-like-they-did-in-delhi-arvind-kejriwal-5415040/

Parties underestimating AAP in Haryana like they did in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi chief minister's visit to Bhiwani Tuesday is his eighth visit to the state in the past three months.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday. Express Photo by Amit Mehra. 15.03.2017.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said political parties had underestimated the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) before it registered a record win in the national capital and now they were doing the same in Haryana, where the “party’s graph was on the rise”.

“Many parties make fun and tell us that we have no base in Haryana. They did the same in Delhi when they used to say that no one would vote for us. But people of Delhi had made up their mind and voted for us with overwhelming majority,”he said addressing a public gathering here.

Stating that the AAP can provide a viable alternative to parties like the BJP, Congress and INLD, Kejriwal said his party was growing in Haryana.

“There are 6,200 panchayats and 7,000 villages in Haryana. Out of these 7,000 villages, families in 4,500 villages have put up flex boards saying they were with the AAP…

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“Seeing this, the INLD, BJP and Congress are losing sleep and are approaching people to put up their respective party flex boards, but people are shooing them away,” he claimed.

Hailing from Siwani Mandi near Hisar in the state, Kejriwal has been trying to hard sell AAP’s Delhi model of governance, particularly its initiatives taken in the education and health sectors along with welfare measures for farmers and defence forces.

On Monday, the AAP supremo had visited a few government schools in Beri town in Jhajjar and addressed a public gathering there.

The Delhi chief minister’s visit to Bhiwani Tuesday is his eighth visit to the state in the past three months.

Kejriwal also talked about the “bad shape” of government schools in Haryana.

“I visited four schools today. We went to Beri yesterday. Government schools are in bad shape. One of the schools we visited today was in a dilapidated condition, it lacked facilities, in a way it is like playing with the future of lakhs of children,” Kejriwal, who was accompanied by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, said.

Hitting out at the Khattar government, the AAP leader said the Delhi government gave adequate compensation for crop damage to farmers, but the BJP regime in Haryana was not concerned about farmers’ welfare.

“We gave compensation at the rate of Rs 20,000 per acre for crop damage to farmers. The cheques were delivered at their homes within three months. I went to fields here and saw waterlogging.

“Under the Fasal Bima scheme, they compulsorily collected premiums from farmers and in a way imposed ‘Goonda’ tax, but no compensation has been given so far (for crop damage). If the Delhi government can give compensation, why cannot the Haryana government do the same?” he said.

Kejriwal claimed that bureaucracy was calling the shots in Haryana.

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Hitting out at the BJP, Congress and INLD, he said these parties seek votes from people in the name of caste and nobody talks about improving the shape of schools and hospitals.

The Haryana Assembly polls will be held next year.