Amid the possibility of an alliance between Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday hit out at former CM Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government and said he would not have had to launch a new party if she had run the government well.
"Many people say that Sheila ji also used to run the government in Delhi in the same condition. But she did not run the government well. If she was working well then we did not have the need to float a new party. From schools to hospitals, everything was in bad condition in her regime," the Chief Minister said addressing a public rally.
Targeting the current government at the Centre, he said that the there have been hindrances from the government due to which several projects could not be completed by his government.
"Modi government left no stone unturned to stop our work. We want to open new schools, construct hospitals and Mohalla Clinics, but they are not letting us do this. For three years, the Modi government did not pass the file related to CCTV camera installation in Delhi," he said.
"We need to take permission from the central government for every work. Every state has full powers but not Delhi. People, who hamper the works of government, don't vote for them again. If they come to power, they will again do the same in the next five years," he added.
Earlier on Monday, the AAP party had put out a tweet with a cartoon showing two cash vending machine (similar to an ATM) in which one of the machines shows BJP in 2014 and the other machine shows Congress in 2019. On the BJP's side, AAP has shown a man (voter) being kicked out by the vending machine, while on the Congress' side, it is written 'Aao, hum Rs 72,000 denge (Come, we will give you Rs 72,000).
The image was captioned, "Jhumalo se bache| (Keep yourself save from Jhumalas)"
This attack has come despite the reports of an alliance that Rahul Gandhi is willing to enter into with AAP ahead of Delhi Lok Sabha elections.
Although an official announcement is yet awaited from both the leadership, Arvind Kejriwal has been pitching for an alliance in the National Capital over a long time. However, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit has been quite against the alliance.
(With PTI inputs)