Monday, 22 November 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
Plays religion card to woo the voters; takes out a mega road show in Haridwar
The national convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced to start a free pilgrimage scheme in Uttarakhand for different communities if the party wins the 2022 state assembly elections. He also announced to impose no fitness charges on auto-rickshaws and taxi drivers and said faceless RTO services will be introduced to avoid unnecessary visits to government offices.
He made these announcements in Haridwar on Sunday. On his fourth visit to Uttarakhand played the religion card to woo the voters of the state.
He said that the free pilgrimage scheme will be implemented here like Delhi if the party wins elections the next year. He said, “Our government will also facilitate free Darshan of Lord Rama in Ayodhya. We will have the provision of visiting Ajmer Sharif for Muslims and Kartarpur Sahib for Sikhs for free.”
During his meeting with the auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers in Haridwar, he said that auto-rickshaw drivers had supported AAP and immensely contributed to its win in Delhi. “They gave us a chance and we have provided them with all the possible facilities in Delhi. They are happy with the government. Auto-rickshaw drivers are mostly treated as second class citizens and struggle to meet their daily ends but we will change this system here too. Give us a chance this time and you will permanently forget about BJP and Congress who have not done anything for the state in the past 21 years,” said the Delhi CM.
He said, “We will bring a systematic change here. We will introduce faceless RTO services and take no fitness fees. All the accident victims will receive free treatment.” Kejriwal also said that there is no government in the country which has taken care of the auto-taxi drivers. Seeking their support, he said, “Give us a chance like Delhi and we will improve your life and afterlife.”
On being asked by the media persons as to when the Delhi government will introduce Ayushman Yojana in Delhi, Kejriwal said that the scheme is a scandal and the people of Delhi do not need it. “Ayushman Yojana is a huge scandal. You can conduct a survey to know how many people actually received medical treatment under the scheme in Uttarakhand. It provides medical cover up to Rs five Lakhs to the beneficiaries.” He added that the Delhi government facilitates free treatment in all government hospitals even if a patient gets a bill of Rs 70 lakhs and therefore, there is no need of implementing Ayushman Yojana in Delhi.
Kejriwal also participated in a massive road show on the day. The show started from Parshuram Chowk and culminated at Shankar Ashram Chowk in Haridwar. He was accompanied by the chief ministerial candidate of AAP, Col ( retd) Ajay Kothiyal and other leaders.