New Delhi: With the Delhi Assembly Elections right around the corner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a third salvo on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday and posed its third set of 'paanch sawaal' (5 questions) to Arvind Kejriwal.
After senior ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Venkaiah Naidu, it was Ananth Kumar who accompanied Nirmala Sitharaman while the BJP leaders took the attack to AAP today.
BJP's second set of questions were —
The BJP questioned AAP's promise of women's security made in its manifesto. It cited examples of Somnath Bharti's midnight raid and Kumar Vishwas' comments on Kiran Bedi and asked how could a party harbouring such leaders talk of women's safety.
Secondly, when provision for free Wi-Fi was being made in NDMC areas, then why was AAP promising a facility that was already being implemented?
BJP questioned AAP's newfound love for fast-track courts and reminded Kejriwal of the days when he refused to abide to the Court's order to secure bail.
Sitharaman accused Kejriwal's tactics as the reason behind rise in power tariff in Delhi. The BJP asked if the former Delhi chief minister would answer if it was due to his 49-day rule that the electricity prices actually rose even for those consumers who used under 200 units per month.
Continuing on the subject of power tariff hike, the BJP asked as to why the AAP government gave subsidies to big electricity companies instead of passing relief directly to consumers.
The work on Moonat Canal had been completed, said Sitharaman, and questioned why AAP was promising something that already existed.
The BJP also questioned as to why the AAP was promising simplified VAT in its manifesto when the Centre was working to scrap the Value Added Tax altogether?
AAP's promise of 5000 buses in its manifestos also came under the scanner as BJP said it was unfeasible due to the sorry state of traffic in Delhi.
AAP's promise of simplifying the PDA system was called a 'shot in the dark' by Sitharaman.
Ananth Kumar coined the monicker 'Golmaal' Kejriwal to describe the former chief minister's work in a single word.