Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has said his party will make Delhi look like London if it is voted to power in the upcoming municipal polls.
For a party which never loses an opportunity to attack the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the latter’s poll ‘jumlas’ like the ‘achche din’ during 2014 General Elections campaign, one such promise coming from its chief is interesting. Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has said his party will make Delhi look like London if it is voted to power in the upcoming municipal polls. Kejriwal said this on Sunday while promising to clean up the national capital.
Not only making Delhi look like London, the Delhi CM also claimed that his two-year-old government has done what the BJP rule in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh failed to do in 10-15 years. “In the assembly polls you gave us 67 seats but this time do not leave any such gap. If we win the MCD polls, we will spruce up Delhi and make it look like London within a year,” the Delhi CM was quoted as saying by PTI.
It is well known that politicians don’t shy away from making tall claims ahead of elections. But then, they always make some claims that leave them as the butt of jokes forever. While for BJP, such claims are ‘achche din’ and Rs 15 lakh in all bank accounts of citizens, AAP is also not much behind.
AAP government has inspired several memes and jokes on social media over its unfulfilled promise to give free Wi-Fi across Delhi. It seems the Delhi CM has just given another trigger for more jokes on social media, some of them are already rolling. Consider some of these:
Three years back Modi announced to make Banaras a Kyoto. Now Kejriwal announced to make Delhi like London in a year. Who is bigger Fenku.
— TEJINDER PRUTHI (@TKPRUTHI) March 6, 2017
Sir Kejriwal promises to convert Delhi into London so that RaGa can enjoy new year & make ration card without fleeing abroad.
— ???? Sixth Prophet ???? (@SixthProphet) March 6, 2017
Kejriwal will turn Delhi into London by applying England type kingdom rule in whole India and sitting on throne himself. pic.twitter.com/IhBlqfRHMM
— Abhishek (@imAbhishek_J) March 6, 2017
1: Tower Bridge, London
2: Its Chinese version
3: Its Delhi version
4: Delhi ka Queen#MondayMotivation
*drama queen pic.twitter.com/GgF5pTUTpI
— Baali (@backchod_baali) March 6, 2017
London Bridge Of Delhi
Big Ben Of Delhi
London Riverfront of Delhi
Statute Of Prime Minister Of Delhi pic.twitter.com/lrlC3htNMG
— Girish Pasrija (@iDilsay) March 6, 2017
Jokes apart, it is the lack of vision on Kejriwal’s part that he has to look up to London as a benchmark of cleanliness. Delhi is in itself one of the oldest cities in the world with an unparalleled glory. It would have been more appealing to voters if the Delhi CM had promised to return the lost glory of the city, instead of becoming a source of jokes by promising London dreams to Delhites.
Delhi faces a number of problems including garbage issue, smog, illegal constructions and diseases. In the last two years, Kejriwal government’s neck has been on the line dealing with these issues. During the process, the party has also lost a bit of its appeal among some sections of residents of the national capital. To win MCD, which is presently ruled by BJP, AAP would have to make some sincere, attainable promises. Not the ones, it can’t achieve.
In Delhi, there are three municipal bodies — north, south and east corporations — which will go to polls in April.