Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Photo Credit: PTI)
After Home Minister Amit Shah launched a scathing attack against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for misleading the people with the list of promises and not fulfilling any of them. Kejriwal hit back soon after, saying he had hoped Shah would point out shortcomings in his government’s work, but all the Home Minister did was “abuse me”.
"I heard the entire speech of Home Minister Shri Amit Shah. I had thought he would point out the shortcomings in our work and talk about Delhi’s development. But all he did was abuse me. If he has suggestions for Delhi, he should share them. We will implement good suggestions in the next five years," the Delhi CM tweeted.
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Addressing a ‘Booth Karyakarta Sammelan’ in the national capital, Shah said, “One can mislead people once but not all the time. The BJP will come to power in Delhi under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
Continuing his attack on the Aam Aadmi Party-led government, Shah accused the chief minister of “wasting money meant for public welfare on advertisements”. He also asked if the Delhi government had finished any project during its tenure and sought a report in this regard.
“People of Delhi should ask the government what it has done in the last five years, seek a report card from Kejriwal,” he said.
BJP president Amit Shah also accused Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of instigating “riots” by “misleading” people on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and sought to reassure Muslims, saying the law has no provision about taking away citizenship of minorities.
He also attacked Pakistan for “terrorising” Sikhs as he referred to a recent attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib by a violent mob in Pakistan and asked opposition leaders to open their eyes to atrocities against minorities in the neighbouring country.
“This is an answer to all those opposing the CAA. Tell me if these Sikhs who were attacked the other day in Gurdwara Nankana Sahib will not come to India, then where they will go?” he asked.
Opposition leaders were spreading a pack of lies over the CAA, he said, asking BJP workers to carry out an intensive campaign to inform the masses about its features.
Its beneficiaries are largely Dalits and poor and those opposing the law are against these people, Shah said, calling Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Gandhis “anti-Dalits” for questioning it.
“(Arvind) Kejriwal has misled people. The Congress, especially Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, has instigated riots by misleading people. Do you want a government in Delhi which incites riots for politics,” he asked.
The opposition was inciting minorities against the CAA by alleging that they will lose their citizenship, he said. “I want to tell brothers and sisters from the minority that none of them can lose their citizenship because the CAA has no provision about taking it away,” Shah said.
The BJP leader also claimed that Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had extended her support to rioters by saying that she will visit houses of those who carried out riots.
The CAA seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jains and Parsis who had arrived in India by December 31, 2014 from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh due to religious persecution.
Opposition parties have called the law against India’s Constitution for making religion a ground for citizenship.
The country has been witnessing protests against the amended citizenship law, with protesters arguing that the CAA in combination with other citizenship measures like NPR and NRC can be used to discriminate against people.
The Modi government has asserted that it has so far not discussed the proposal for National Register of Citizens.
Shah said opposition parties have become habituated to the “politics of opposition and vote bank” and referred to their stand against measures like the law against triple talaq among Muslim men and nullification of Article 370.
They also opposed construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, he said, noting that a recent Supreme Court order had paved the way for building the temple.
He asked people to give missed calls to a toll free number put out by the BJP to show their support to the CAA and slammed rumours that the number belonged to Netflix, a streaming service. This number belongs to the BJP, he said.