The BJP on Friday said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal doesn’t know how to govern and is only interested in petty politics.
Satish Upadhyay, president of the party’s Delhi unit, said the central government has given funds to the Delhi government to pay the salaries of the sanitation workers, who are on a strike over its non-payment. Consequently, huge piles of garbage have been dumped on many roads in east Delhi, causing immense discomfort to citizens.
“The central government has already given you money. Stop dragging Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi into it… stop playing petty politics,” Upadhyay said at a press conference here.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader said that Kejriwal was not serious about solving problems of the people and that he was interested in blame game only. “You (Kejriwal) don’t know how to govern. You have been busy fighting ever since you took over (as chief minister),” he said. Earlier in the day, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party said that BJP was politicising the issue of the striking sanitation workers as it was the BJP which rules the civic bodies in the city.
The Congress has accused both the AAP and the BJP for the mess in Delhi with party vice president Rahul Gandhi extending full support to the workers.
India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.
Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.
The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.
“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”
Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.
Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”
The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.
The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.
Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.
A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.
Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.
The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.