Double-engine govt rusted, country needs a new engine, says Arvind Kejriwal

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took a jibe at BJP's double-engine government and said the country is now in need of a new engine.     

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was speaking at the Panchayat Aajtak event in New Delhi's Connaught Place on Friday. (Photo: PTI)

In Short

  • Arvind Kejriwal said the double-engine government of the BJP has rusted.
  • Kejriwal is confident the AAP will come to power in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
  • Kejriwal took the responsibility of clearing the garbage mess if the AAP is voted in the MCD elections.

By India Today Web Desk: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is contesting the elections in Gujarat where the BJP is confident that its double-engine government will be voted back to power, said the country is now in need of a new engine.

Speaking at the Panchayat Aajtak event in New Delhi's Connaught Place, Kejrwal took a jibe at the BJP stating that the double engine government of the saffron party has rusted and now the country is in need of a new regime.

Talking about the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), whose elections are scheduled to be held in the first week of December, Kejriwal said, "Everybody is saying that this time, we are going to come in the municipal body. We are telling people to vote for the AAP candidate and not for any other candidate as they will keep fighting for the next five years and not do anything fruitful to improve the city's condition."

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When asked as to how he is so confident that the AAP will be voted to power in the civic polls, the Delhi Chief Minister said, "People like our party, people like our party's agenda. We work for the people. We don't engage in violence or abuse people. If you ask the BJP what they have done in 15 years, they will say we have abused Kejriwal and made false allegations and done sting operations."

"If you ask a common man in Delhi what the AAP has done, he will have atleast three to four good things to say about the party," said Kejriwal mentioning how his government has improved the condition of Delhi schools, made provisions for free medicines, constructed Mohalla clinics and improved services at hospitals.

"We are fighting on the basis of our work, they are fighting on the basis of abuses and violence," he said.


Asked about what plans the AAP has if it comes to power in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Kejriwal said he wants to clear up the garbage mess plaguing the Capital.

"When someone comes up to me and asks why I have not been able to clear the garbage mess, I tell them that I couldn't do anything since cleanliness does not come under my jurisidiction, it is the MCD's responsibility. I tell them that I am excited this time because the AAP will win the municipal elections and I will get the chance to clean Delhi," said Kejriwal.

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Apart from clearing garbage, the AAP supremo said his party will work to remove corruption from MCD. "I guarantee that all workers of the MCD will get their salaries within the first week of every month. Businesses will not suffer. Traders will not have to from pillar to post to get a licence from the MCD. Everything will be made online and can be accessed from the comfort of their homes," he said.

"Conversion charges and parking charges will be removed. Vending zones will be properly chalked out across the city, keeping the cleanliness factor in mind so that street vendors don't have to suffer and they can lead a respectable life by earning a livelihood," said Kejriwal.


Asked about how the AAP plans to tackle the garbage issue in the Capital, Kejriwal said, "Man has reached the moon but BJP cannot clear the garbage mess. It's not a rocket science. There are various technologies available for garbage management. One only needs to have the intention of doing work...If you have no intention and intend to make money out of the mounds of garbage, the problem will never resolve."


The Delhi Chief Minister added, "When our government was formed in 2015, there was an issue with government schools. Manish Sisodia came and changed the condition of the government schools. The children of poor people are studying in these schools and going on to become doctors and engineers. If we could resolve the problem of education, the garbage issue is nothing in front of that."

The mounds of waste at Delhi's three landfills, especially in Ghazipur, has been a bone of contention between the BJP and the AAP with both the parties pinning the blame on each other for the garbage mess.