With the second day of the second phase of the odd-even scheme underway in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday came out guns blazing against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing them of wanting the traffic-control formula to crash.
“BJP appeals ppl to break odd-even. BJP auto union calls strike.BJP wants odd- even to fail. But Del will fail BJP. In Jan too, BJP tried to fail odd-even by orchestrating officers’ strike. Ppl failed BJP n made odd-even success,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets,
However, he asserted that the people of Delhi will once again place their trust in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the next Assembly polls causing the BJP to fail yet again.
Kejriwal’s blistering attack came in response to BJP leader Vijay Goel asserting that he will violate the odd-even scheme and that he was ready to pay the fine of Rs 2,000, imposed on violators, for the “symbolic protest”.
“The CM is spending public money worth crores on advertisements. This is the tax payers’ money and no one is saying anything about it,” he said.
Goel went ahead and dared Kejriwal to ‘permanently’ impose the scheme if it was actually successful.
Echoing similar statements, former chief minister Sheila Dikshit accused Kejriwal of heavily publicising the scheme in a blatant attempt to fool the public into believing that the formula was a raging success.
“I really don’t see any benefit here. This is nothing, but inconvenience. They should have gone ahead with the programme only if they honestly thought it was a success. They should also ensure adequate transportation to people, which is not there right now. Half of the buses are broken down, how are people supposed to travel now,” Dikshit told ANI here.
She further accused Kejriwal of going out of his way to publicise the scheme, saying that the Chief Minister was trying to make the scheme sound like a one of a kind, never heard before formula.
The second phase of the scheme which began yesterday saw around 1,311 challans being issued against violators, showing there would be stricter enforcement during the 16-day phase II of the road-rationing measure and fairly empty roads were seen with mostly odd-numbered cars indicating high compliance.