The Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, found himself in another unwanted controversy after he made the “outsiders avail free medical facilities in Delhi” remark on Sunday. He came to the target of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and it’s Bihar ally Janata Dal (United) (JDU) for his reported controversial statement. The BJP Delhi unit chief, Manoj Tiwari, without any delay reacted to Kejriwal’s remark and called the latter of using regionalism as his tool to gain political mileage in the upcoming elections. “Arvind Kejriwal’s hate for people belonging to Bihar, Purvanchal, Uttar Pradesh and other states is now clearly coming out. He may have political enmity with me but the hatred against the people of Bihar and Purvanchal is not right,” reacted Tiwari, quoted ANI.
The other BJP’s prominent leaders including Vijay Goel and Vijender Gupta condemned Kejriwal’s statement on Bihar and Purvanchal people. Vijay Goel and Vijender Gupta along with other BJP workers, protested near ITO in Delhi against Kejriwal. “Arvind Kejriwal has insulted Purvanchalis with his statement. We are protesting here against it. He (Arvind Kejriwal) is doing politics of hate and division. Delhi is the capital of the country and anyone can come here,” Vijay Goel was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI. Goel concluded by demanding an apology from Kejriwal over the issue as the people of the country have got hurt by Kejriwal’s statement.
पिछले कुछ दिनों में केजरीवाल के बयान से बिहार, उत्तर प्रदेश और दूसरे राज्य के लोगों के आत्मसम्मान को ठेस पहुंची है। यह बयान अपमानजनक है। केजरीवाल दिल्ली की जनता से जब तक माफी नहीं मांग लेते, तब तक हमारा संघर्ष जारी रहेगा। pic.twitter.com/CzSSFuvTB5
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) October 1, 2019
With the placards in the hands and sloganeering against Kejriwal’s remark, BJP Delhi unit wanted to march from Shaheedi Park to Secretariat, which got foiled after Delhi police stopped the protesters in the midway.
The ally to BJP in Bihar, JD(U) also marked it’s protest against Arvind Kejriwal for his reference to Bihar people while talking ‘high’ about it’s government’s success rate on health front. It’s Delhi unit chief Satya Prakash Mishra released a press note condemning Kejriwal’s remark. “Do residents of Bihar not have any right over the national capital of the country? People of Bihar and Poorvanchal have contributed to the development of Delhi. Kejriwal’s comment has hurt the people of Bihar and it is an assault on their rights,” read the press statement by Mishra.
The Delhi chief minister, while sharing Delhi’s progressive report on health front, had made a reference to Bihar people which attracted strong condemnation from his rivals. “The situation is such that a person from Bihar buys a ticket to Delhi for Rs. 500 and returns after availing free treatment worth Rs. 5 Lacs. It makes us happy as they are people of our country, but Delhi has it’s own capacity,” Delhi CM Kejriwal had said while addressing a gathering at an event in Delhi.
Kejriwal, however, clarified later on Tuesday over the issue while speaking to reporters in Delhi. He tried to settle the matter by clarifying that his government has never denied medical or education to anyone irrespective of the region they belong to. “We are happy if we can help the needy, give them treatment or educate children to anyone in the country regardless of the state they belong to. We have never denied medical treatment or education to anyone,” claimed Arvind Kejriwal while speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
with inputs from News Agency ANI