Prime Minister Narendra Modi today mounted a shrill attack on AAP over allegations of the party receiving “dubious” donations, saying it has exposed its claim of being more honest than others and questioned whether AAP can run Delhi with “dishonesty and lies”.
“While big and old Congress has ruined the city during its 15 years of regime, the temporary party (i.e AAP), which is new and small, destroyed it for one year,” the Prime Minister said, adding it was BJP’s responsibility to repair the damage.
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“Can Delhi be run through dishonesty and lies. Cleverness does not take you very far. We have given test of fire to be where we are,” the Prime Minister said, adding that his party would make the national capital “standout” on the world scene if voted to power.
The Arvind Kejriwal’s organisation levelled all sorts of allegations of corruption against BJP and Congress but now truth has come out. “Hathi ke dant dekhane ke aur khane ke aur (what you see is not necessarily true). There is a limit to shamelessness,” he said at the rally in Rohini in north west Delhi.
“People have talked about black money but this is the first time we have heard about wrong deeds in the middle of the night…You have betrayed people’s trust,” Modi said, in a reference to the allegation by a AAP break-away group that four donations of Rs 50 lakh each were remitted to the account of AAP from four different “dubious companies” on the midnight of April 15 last.
Taking a dig at AAP, he further said it was strange that very party which used to keep details of Swiss banks accounts of others, strangely had no idea about its own donors.
“The people who would once go around with Swiss bank account numbers in their pockets don’t know whose money is coming into their accounts,” Modi said.
Without naming Kejriwal, he wondered why those who used to travel by Metro train flew first class.
Modi said earlier Congress governments including those headed by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had also faced allegations of corruption.
“People of the country do not pardon those who betray them… Rajiv Gandhi was punished because he claimed to be Mr Clean,” he said while apparently talking about Kejriwal’s claim that he was honest.
“Those who posed as Mr Clean are exposed as dishonest today,” he said.
Modi also referred to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Morarji Desai and suggested that leaders who did not belong to the Gandhi family were unfairly targeted.
He said he is also being targeted by those who were getting patronage from the earlier dispensation at the Centre.
Appealing to the voters to support BJP in the upcoming polls to ensure a stable government in the city, Modi resolved to make Delhi one of the best cities in the world and said “Your dream is my dream, your expectation is my expectation.”
Talking about power sector, he promised to transform Delhi from a “generator capital” to “power generation capital”.
Modi said his government will come out with a policy for solar energy.
“We want to bring revolutionary steps in the power sector,” he said.
People having solar power panels on their rooftops will be able to sell surplus power to the government, he said.
Attacking Opposition parties for doing politics over the issue of unauthorised colonies, Modi said, “In every election, they would seek vote promising to regularise unauthorised colonies… but we have now got their shops shut… enough is enough, middle class families were looted over this issue.
“With one law, we have made all the situations clear. We have said that we are not ready to stop here and instead, we will also give infrastructure to people for living a good life in these colonies.”
He also said that the government is concerned about villages and poor people and asked people to stay away from those creating a drama on poverty.
Modi, who reached the venue in a helicopter, also asked people of Delhi to elect BJP government under the leadership of Kiran Bedi.
“If a stable government is formed in Delhi, it will save my time due to which I will be able to give my time to other people of the country. If anything goes wrong in Delhi, I will have to put in double efforts here,” he said.
Earlier in the day, BJP released its “Vision Document” laying down a road-map to make the national capital a world class city with major focus on development and women security besides promising transparency in governance.
However, the document did not spell out BJP’s position on full statehood to the national capital which it had promised in its manifestos for the 2013 assembly polls and past elections.
The Vision Document, which came in place of the manifesto, promises to address shortage of water, ensure round-the-clock power supply, proving houses to slum dwellers and making the administration responsive and people-friendly.