AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia were in Bhavnagar on Tuesday to raise the battle pitch ahead of Gujarat’s Assembly elections. Those who have not been able to tackle the consistent paper leaks in five years, how will they run the whole government?” Kejriwal’s questioned pointed directly at the BJP’s lapse. Confident that AAP will be voted to power, he added that the people of Gujarat are fed up with corruption and high-handedness.
The party has promised to provide jobs to 10 lakh people within five years if voted to power. Till the jobs creation is complete, the party said it would provide an allowance of ₹ 3,000 to the unemployed.
“Our government has been lauded by New York Times for its schools and education development model. The Central administration could not take this and so sent the CBI to raid Sisodia’s house, claiming a liquor scam. Howcome no CBI official has ever been sent to investigate the names that emerge from paper leak scandals,” he asked the gathering.
“We have heard that Sisodiaji will be arrested in 10 days. Seeing your enthusiasm, it appears that he might be arrested in two or three days,” said Arvind Kejriwal at a massive public meeting at Bhavnagar.
Manish Sisodia said the growing people’s support has made him the BJP’s target. As the crowd roared its approval, he added, “Your anger and enthusiasm will be the reason why the central government will tighten its grip on my neck.”
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With a massive mandate in Delhi and Punjab under its belt, AAP has claimed that the CBI action is a pushback from the BJP over the international recognition it is receiving on its work in the education and healthcare sectors.
This has also become the spearhead of its campaign in Gujarat, where the BJP has been ruling for more than 20 years. AAP has been pointing out the shortcomings in governance — lack of jobs, good education and healthcare — and claiming that the people have been short-changed for decades.
“Unemployment is the biggest issue in India. People with degrees are unemployed. The biggest need of Gujarat’s youth is employment. There are jobs, but people are running rackets and not filling government vacancies,” Sisodia observed. In contrast, “the biggest task Arvind Kejriwal has done for the youth is giving employment,” he added. “We have given two lakh government jobs in Delhi and 10 lakh private jobs via government schemes,” he noted.
Citing the party’s work in Punjab, the duo informed: “It has been only a few months since AAP came to power in Punjab. We are already in the process of giving jobs to 36,000 youth. In Delhi, we have dispensed with 12,00,000 jobs.”