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Kejriwal says BJP will face the heat from the poor
September 07, 2018
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NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the BJP will face the heat from the poor for “deliberately cancelling ration cards in Delhi” and warned of strict action against officers who followed the Centre’s orders.

Kejriwal’s reaction came after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Gulab Singh tweeted a video which showed a woman from Matiala constituency pleading with Lt. Governor Anil Baijal urging him to provide her a ration card - which was cancelled - so that she could feed her two children.

Sharing the tweet, Kejriwal said: “The BJP will face the heat from the poor for pressurising the officers to deliberately cancel ration cards. Strict action should be taken against the officers who illegally followed BJP’s orders.” On Sunday, the Delhi government ordered the restoration of 2.53 lakh ration cards in the national capital and warned officers that they would be personally responsible for starvation deaths of eligible beneficiaries.

Between July and August, the Delhi government claimed that over 2.50 lakh ration cards were cancelled allegedly by Delhi’s Food Commissioner despite strong objections by Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain.

Kejriwal said he felt ‘sad’ that the metrol rail has become unaffordable for the common man following the fare hikes.

“As CM of Delhi, I feel very sad that such an important means of transport has become out of reach of common man. All those who have given up metro are now contributing to Delhi’s pollution by using road-based transport,” he said in a tweet.

The Delhi Metro, according to a report by the Centre for Science and Environment, is the second-most unaffordable in the world among the metro systems after Hanoi in Vietnam.

The Metro lost over 40 per cent of its ridership following two fare hikes in 2017.

The metro currently has a daily ridership of about 26 lakh, while a 2016 study had projected that the train services would be used by about 40 lakh people in 2018.

Kejriwal said his government will “soon implement” two policies to provide financial aid to sportspersons: those who once win a medal; and for those identified as young talent for proper training at an early age. He announced these policies after he felicitated 11 sportspersons from Delhi who won medals at the recent Asian Games at Jakarta.

“All of you have made the country and Delhi proud along with your families. Some of you struggled in difficult circumstances, you faced lack of resources and finances, your effort is remarkable,” Kejriwal said.

Indo-Asian News Service

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