Months after mostly avoiding or staying mum on controversies and any direct confrontation with the Centre, Kejriwal finally returned briefly to his old, combative style.
After Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s victory in Bawana bypoll with a margin of 24,052 votes on Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and targeted the central government too saying. He said Centre has to stop interfering in state affairs as people don’t like it. Months after mostly avoiding or staying mum on controversies and any direct confrontation with the Centre, Kejriwal finally returned briefly to his old, combative style. In his half-hour speech he said, “Kendriya sarkar adanaga adana bandh kare, janta ko yeh nahin pasand. (The Centre has to stop interfering, people don’t like it),” reported The Indian Express. He further assertively said, “With this election, people of Delhi have sent a strong message — that they are still standing with the AAP.”
Kejriwal addressed a large number of volunteers who were gathered to celebrate the victory at his residence. He also dared the BJP to overturn the elected government in Delhi, calling the party ‘kuda (garbage)’. He was quoted by The Indian Express as saying, “In Goa, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, the BJP has been trying to buy MLAs. This will not work in Delhi. Of the 66, only one turned out to be a traitor. Our MLAs are made of a different mettle. If you try to break us, then, like today, people of Delhi will teach you a lesson.”
While refuting the allegations that the AAP only speaks about electronic voting machines (EVMs) during losses, CM raised the issue once again, arguing that the use of VVPAT machines had ensured free and fair polling.