Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal made bizarre charges in an interview with the Press Trust of India, claiming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will appoint its spokesperson Sambit Patra or MoS Finance Anurag Thakur as the Delhi Chief Minister, and there was no capable candidate in the party.
“People want to know who will be the Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate. What if it chooses Sambit Patra or Anurag Thakur for the post?” he commented sarcastically. Instead of talking about his own record, Kejriwal has indulged in challenging BJP to declare its chief ministerial candidate ahead of the polls.
The interview saw Kejriwal also alleging that the BJP has neglected unauthorised colonies and has done nothing to clear the Shaheen Bagh road. Given how the Narendra Modi government has given ownership rights to 40 lakh households living in unauthorized colonies, or the recent explosive uncovering of Popular Front of India (PFI)-AAP links with the Shaheen Bagh sit-in, one wonders where these allegations have surfaced from.
Further, Kejriwal promised to provide clean drinking water, reduce pollution and improving public transport upon coming to power. This was probably a tacit acknowledgement of the facts as they stand. Adequate clean water remains a challenge, while public transport buses are in shambles. Even on his claims about world class healthcare, we have shown how there is little substance in his claims, be it on mohalla clinics or his famed Delhi Arogya Kosh. Moreover, on the pollution issue, Kejriwal indulged in blaming everyone else but his own inaction, and had been caught out by several monitoring agencies on the same.
On the question of Anurag Thakur and Sambit Patra, both are eminently qualified persons in their own fields. Interestingly, Kejriwal himself used to live in Ghaziabad before he became famous for his brand of politics.