How can full statehood be given to Kejriwal with ‘dubious’ character: Harsh Vardhan

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New Delhi | Published: April 28, 2019 6:35:05 PM

"Delhi is suffering because of the negative mentality of its government and the chief minister in particular. They have hardly done anything in the last four years. You can see their 70 promises and find there is hardly any promise that has been delivered," the minister said.

harsh vardhan, aap manifesto, delhi lok sabhaNew Delhi: Union minister Harsh Vardhan waves at supporters after filing his nomination papers from Chandni Chowk parliamentary seat, at Alipur, New Delhi, Monday, April 22, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Refuting the ruling AAP’s demand for full statehood to Delhi, Union minister and BJP’s Chandni Chowk candidate Harsh Vardhan wondered whether statehood could be given to a chief minister like Arvind Kejriwal with “dubious and questionable character”.

In an interview to PTI, Vardhan, who is contesting for the second time from Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat, asserted that the national capital was suffering due to the AAP government’s “negative mentality”.

He said the Kejriwal-led government has done nothing for the people, except “wasting time in abusing the Prime Minister”.

“Delhi is suffering because of the negative mentality of its government and the chief minister in particular. They have hardly done anything in the last four years. You can see their 70 promises and find there is hardly any promise that has been delivered,” the minister said.

“They have not done anything except wasting their time and abusing the Prime Minister day in and day out. What has Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal done? Nothing. This is the same chief minister who felt proud in calling himself an ‘anarchist’ ahead of the Republic Day parade a couple of years ago.

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“Now he (Kejriwal) is shouting about statehood. Do you think statehood can be given to a chief minister who is dubious and is of questionable character?” he said.

The AAP supremo had during a protest on January 20, 2014 in the city called himself an “anarchist”. He had raised the demand of bringing Delhi police under the city government.

Vardhan, who holds the portfolios of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences ministries, also blamed the AAP government for not cooperating in several developmental projects, including the Shahjahanabad redevelopment project.

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