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Kejriwal flays opposition parties for questioning ‘freebies’ offered by AAP to public

A file photo of Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal in Moga in Punjab on November 22, 2021. Photo: @AAP

New Delhi, Nov 24 (MNN) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday flayed the opposition for criticising him and his Aam Aadmi Party for promising free water and electricity to people.

He asserted that he will provide all facilities enjoyed by ministers from the government to the people public as well.

“When Ministers get free treatment, opposition parties do not have any problem; but if we give free treatment to the public, then they call us names,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader said at an advocates conference organised here by the AAP Legal Cell.

He pointed out that every Minister is entitled to 4,000 units of free electricity. “If he or she gets 4,000 units, then it is not a freebie, but when I give 200 units of free electricity to Delhi people, it is called freebie,” he remarked.

As to opposition parties questioning him as to where from the money for these sops come from, Kejriwal said that the money earlier looted by corrupt politicians and officers had been saved by his government the same was getting distributed to the public.

“Before Assembly elections in Delhi, I announced that all women of Delhi can travel in buses for free. The opposition asked where the money will come from. At the same time the Gujarat CM had bought a plane for Rs 190 crore for personal use. On the other hand, only Rs 150 crore was needed for all women in Delhi to travel free in buses. The government has money but these people have been fooling the public that there is no money. Only determination is needed. If intentions are clear, it can happen.”

The Chief Minister assured the lawyers that he would help whatever possible regarding the Advocates Protection Act. “It does not come under the Delhi government purview but the Centre. However, I will try my best.”

He said that Rs 12.25 crore was distributed to families of 122 lawyers who lost lives during coronavirus pandemic as per a life and medical insurance scheme extended to all Delhi lawyers on December 18, 2019, by his government.

The Chief Minister pointed out that 1,220 lawyers in Delhi had availed of medical insurance scheme during the pandemic, and Rs 7.25 crore released for the purpose.

In the evening, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also jumped into the fray and he would like to invite Pargat Singh to jointly visit 10 government schools in the national capital, which the AAP government had “reformed” in the last five years and 10 Punjab government schools which the Congress government had reformed in five years.
“Then let’s have public debate on the education models of Delhi and Punjab,” he tweeted. In another post, he tagged a video clip to take a dig at the Congress government, wherein police was using water cannons against teachers who were reportedly on way to gherao Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s official residence.
In response to Sisodia’s tweet, Kejriwal again tweeted: “Pargat ji, you should accept Manish ji’s proposal.”

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