Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing at Jantar Mantar
CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann participated in the dharna organized by Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. This rally was called to save the federal structure of the country. During this, CM Kejriwal said that the federal structure of the country is the basis of our Constitution and democracy, the BJP sitting at the center wants to end it. This fight is for all of us to save the federal structure and democracy of the country. He said that half the states of the country have opposition governments, which the central government is not allowing to function. He alleged that the Center is not giving proper funds to these states.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that every work is being hindered through Governors and Lieutenant Governors. Anyone is being put in jail by sending them to investigating agencies. He said that Hemant Soren was put in jail under PMLA, even though neither the investigation has started nor the charges have been proved. This way they will put me or anyone else in jail. He will not be able to come out before being proven innocent.
'Opposition governments are not being allowed to work'
AAP's national convenor Arvind Kejriwal said that Jantar Mantar is the place where the people of the country, fed up with the oppression of the governments, come to protest. Kerala Chief Minister P. Vijayan had to leave all his work and come here today against the Central Government. He said that the opposition governments represent about 70 crore people of the country. But it seems that the central government has waged a war against the opposition governments. Hindustan-Pakistan has been done to us.
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Arvind Kejriwal said that we want to ask the Center whether you do not consider 70 crore people as your own? Do you not consider the people of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Punjab, Delhi, West Bengal as your own? Are all these people strangers? Are they not citizens of India? He said that the people of these states have formed their government by electing the opposition. It is clearly written in the Constitution about the rights and powers of these governments, but the central government is not allowing the opposition governments to do their work.
Also accused of hanging funds of states
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the legitimate funds meant for our state from the Central Government are not being given to us. If funds are not given to our state then how will the work run? How will the governments of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab run? The CM of Punjab has come to ask for funds for his three crore people, I have come to ask for the rights of my two crore people of Delhi. It is written in the Constitution that which government will get how much money? How can the Central Government snatch away the constitutional rights of the people of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Delhi and West Bengal?
The wheel of time keeps turning – Arvind Kejriwal
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that these people are saying that Kejriwal is corrupt. I have made electricity free in Delhi. The most expensive electricity in the entire country is available in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. I want to ask whether the one who makes electricity free is a thief or the one who makes electricity expensive is a thief? In Delhi, I made treatment free for both rich and poor in government hospitals, but these people destroyed the fleet of government hospitals in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. The public should decide whether the one who provides free treatment to people is a thief or the one who makes treatment expensive is a thief?
Bhagwant Mann also raised voice for outstanding funds
During this, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann said that Punjab is an agricultural state. Every year we grow 182 lakh metric tons of rice and give it to the country. These people have blocked our Rural Development Fund (RDF) worth Rs 5500 crore. For this we are making rounds of the Supreme Court. Our Governor declared the House session itself illegal. After this we had to stop our session midway and go to the Supreme Court. After going there, he agreed in the first appearance itself that the session of the House was valid.
He said that out of 117 assembly seats in Punjab, 92 MLAs are from Aam Aadmi Party, while BJP has only two. BJP is not even in the opposition in Punjab, but there the Governor issues one letter or the other every day. The Governor of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh never writes a letter to such CM, this is happening only in Tamil Nadu, Kerala etc.
CM Bhagwant Mann said that Punjab is demanding its rights, demanding its MSP. Most people from Punjab join the army. They did not allow three magnificent tableaux showcasing the sacrifices and culture of Punjab to be included in the Republic Day parade. Punjabis live all over the world, but they are not allowing Mohali and Amritsar airports to become international.