Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday got support from his Bihar counterpart in his fight against the central government for full statehood for Delhi and the AAP leader backed Kumar for the upcoming Assembly polls.
The two leaders shared the dais at a Bihar Samman Samaroh organised by the Delhi government and together trained their guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the financial package announced for Bihar and delay in accepting defence personnel’s demand for One Rank One Pension (OROP).
Kejriwal thanked Kumar for providing upright police officers from Bihar for working in the capital’s Anti-Corruption Branch to strengthen the AAP government’s fight against corruption.
He also slammed the Centre for taking over the ACB which had been under control of the Delhi government for years.
Presenting a contrast between the approach of Bihar Chief Minister and PM on fight against corruption, Kejriwal said: “ There are two developments - one is of the Bihar Chief Minister who immediately helped us by sending us officers and the other is of the PM taking over our ACB.”
Reacting to Modi’s announcement of Rs.1.25 lakh crore package for Bihar on Tuesday, Kejriwal said: “If the PM has so much money, he should first meet the demand of soldiers demanding OROP.”
Demanding special category status for Bihar, Kejriwal agreed to visit that state on Kumar’s invitation and said: “The BJP is committing the same mistakes in Bihar.”
He exhorted migrants from the state to ensure the victory of Kumar’s party Janata Dal-United in the Assembly elections in the same manner as AAP’s magnificent win in Delhi polls. Kumar described the Aam Aadmi Party won 67 out of the 70 seats in Delhi Assembly as “historic”.
“No party has won such an unprecedented mandate,” he said. He used the function, organised to honour achievers from Bihar and Poorvanchal (eastern Uttar Pradesh), to strike a chord with Delhiites who have relatives eligible to vote in his state’s Assembly polls.
“If migrants from Bihar stop working for one day the entire capital would come to a halt,” Kumar said, amid thunderous applause. He also enlisted his achievements in Bihar and hit out at Modi for calling Bihar a BIMARU (sick) state.