In a vieled attack on the BJP, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal accused the Gujarat government of protecting the Oreva Group and its owner in the aftermath of the Morbi bridge collapse, which killed 135 people, including 55 children.
“Tragically, the incident occurred, but what is even more tragic is that the persons responsible for the disaster…are being protected.” The corporation or its owners are not named in the FIR. Why? Why are they being protected? What is the connection between these people and them (BJP)? There must be a connection. The Morbi bridge will fall if you bring the double engine. During a three-kilometre roadshow in the Morbi district’s Wankaner, Kejriwal said, “If you bring a new engine, a magnificent Morbi bridge will be created.
The Wankaner Assembly constituency, which is roughly 40 kilometres from Morbi, where the accident occurred on October 30, has been a Congress stronghold for the last three terms, with Mohammed Javed Pirzada serving as the MLA. This time, the AAP has put Vikram Sorani up for election.
In addition to renewing his pledges of free power for up to 300 units, schools and hospitals, and jobs, Kejriwal urged the public to reject the “double-engine” administration, whose engine has “rusted.” Instead, he advised them to bring a “new engine,” with apparent reference to AAP.
Addressing hundreds of participants in the roadshow, as well as numerous others sitting atop rooftops and balconies of houses in Wankaner’s Jakat Naka neighbourhood, Kejriwal said, “First and foremost, we will give you freedom from mehangai (inflation)… In December, we will establish a government, and from March 1, you will not be needed to pay your power bills.” We’ll build schools for your kids. Gujarat mein bhi shaandaar school banaunga, aapke bachchon ka achchha bhavishya banwaunga. (We will also create amazing schools in Gujarat and secure your children’s future.)
He urged voters to give the AAP only five years. The BJP has received 27 years from you. I’m only requesting five years here. If you don’t like what we’ve done after five years, I won’t ask for your vote again. I’ll never break a promise to you. I’ll never promise you Rs 15 lakh since I can’t provide it. I won’t lie. I’m an honest person,” he stated.
Later that evening, the Delhi CM performed a roadshow in Rajkot East, where the BJP’s Arvind Raiyani is the sitting MLA. Indranil Rajyaguru, a former national joint secretary for the AAP, won the seat in the 2012 Assembly elections. He returned to Congress earlier this week. The AAP has yet to name a candidate for the seat.
“I don’t have any money to run in elections, main fakkad aadmi hu bilkul” (I am a stupid man). That is why I am wandering the streets… I’m broke. I need your help,” stated the AAP national convener at a roadshow in Rajkot East.
Rajkot city has three assembly constituencies, Rajkot East, Rajkot West, and Rajkot South, all of which are held by the BJP. Vijay Rupani, a former chief minister, is the Rajkot West MLA.