Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister, criticized the BJP’s attempt to “snatch governance,” bypassing the Government of NCT of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023, compared to the 1935 British Government of India Act. He claimed that the BJP was “backstabbing the citizens of Delhi” and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed statehood for Delhi in a pre-election speech in 2014.
Kejriwal criticized the BJP’s actions, claiming that the BJP had been in charge of Gujarat for 30 years and had a dire government. He argued that the Bill represented an attempt to rule Delhi indirectly, as the BJP knew it would be challenging to defeat the AAP in Delhi.
Arvind Kejriwal on the NCT Bill: “Black day, an effort to grab authority through chor darwaza”
Arvind Kejriwal said, “They (BJP) claim he offers “free ke revdi” (gifts). The people of Delhi approve of me no matter what I do, even if I engage in combat. They have chosen me three or four times because of this.”
Black day for democracy in India
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister, referred to Monday’s events as a “black day for democracy in India” and claimed that the BJP was attempting to “snatch governance” by using the “chor darwaza” to pass the Government of NCT of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023. He compared it to the 1935 British Government of India Act, saying it would “enslave the people of Delhi.”
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The BJP was “backstabbing the citizens of Delhi”
Kejriwal also claimed that the BJP was “backstabbing the citizens of Delhi” in a video address made after the Rajya Sabha cleared the Bill, claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed statehood for Delhi in a pre-election speech in 2014. Identifying himself as “Dilli ka beta,” Kejriwal claimed that the people of Delhi would deny the BJP even one Lok Sabha seat in 2024 and claimed that Modi was attempting to become “Dilli ka neta.”
Statement From Arvind Kejriwal
“Like to reiterate to the prime minister that… When running for office in 2014, you pledged to expand Delhi into a full state if you won. Start speaking again. Before that, the BJP launched political agitations for Delhi’s statehood in the run-up to every election. You’ve given the citizens of Delhi a backstab today. You have broken your promise. Who will believe the Prime Minister if this is what you do?” he remarked.
“They have been in charge of Gujarat for the past 30 years, and their government is in dire straits. Haryana and Madhya Pradesh are experiencing the same circumstances. They destroyed Manipur, where their government is in charge,” he claimed.
The Bill conveyed an effort to rule Delhi indirectly
He claimed that the Bill represented an effort to rule Delhi indirectly. “They (the BJP) know how challenging it is to beat the AAP in Delhi. They’ve dropped four elections. Delhi hasn’t had a BJP-led administration for more than 25 years. They realized it would be challenging to defeat the AAP, so they tried to seize control of Delhi’s government through the chor darwaza,” he said.
Kejriwal responded angrily to Home Minister Amit Shah’s assertion in the Rajya Sabha that no other Delhi authorities participated in conflict with the Centre before 2015, saying he stood for schools, mohalla clinics, free power, and water.