Modi kicks off BJP's Delhi poll campaign; mocks "anarchist" Kejriwal
10 January 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for the Delhi state elections today, taking particular digs at Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Admi Party, which ruled the capital-state for a brief 49 days last year.
Without naming Kejriwal or his party, Modi was loud and clear when he said at a rally that if the AAP leader wants to be an ''anarchist'' as he has claimed to be, he should go to the jungles and join Naxalite insurgents, as Delhi cannot afford anarchy.
During the 30-minute address, he suggested that Kejriwal has a ''mastery of lies''.
At the rally at the Ramlila Ground attended by all three new BJP Chief Ministers – those of Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand - Modi sought a clear mandate for his party to ensure all-round development and create a ''new'' Delhi.
Delhi, currently under President's Rule, is scheduled to hold assembly polls next month.
All about power
Promising to take Delhi to new highs of development, the Prime Minister said people will be given an option of choosing their power service provider on the lines of mobile number portability and pledged to make Delhi slum-free by 2022.
He also promised to usher in a corruption-free system, saying it has been started at the top and gradually it will reach down to colonies.
Committing himself to provide a corruption-free society – another major plank of the AAP - Modi said he has already commenced the cleansing from the top, and asked if anyone has heard any complaint about him ever since he took over as prime minister some seven months back.
''Trust me, I will clean up the system. I have started from the top and I will take it to the bottom. People take money from auto drivers, shopkeepers, the poor people … it will all stop,'' the prime minister said.
''I have a dream and I need your support to fulfil it. I have a dream that every slum dweller in Delhi should have a house of his own by 2022, when India completes 75 years of Independence,'' Modi said in an obvious echo of the famous speech by America's Martin Luther KIng.