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Adityanath Only Constructed Crematoriums, Made ‘Arrangements’ To Send People There: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s National Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath only constructed crematoriums in the state and made “arrangements” to dispatch a large number of people there.

The Delhi Chief Minister’s remark is apparently referring to the deaths witnessed during the second wave of COVID-19.

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Addressing AAP’s rally in Lucknow, Arvind Kejriwal claimed that Coronavirus arrangements in UP earned a bad name for the state, and in a cover-up exercise, the state government splurged public money on advertisements, news agency PTI reported.

In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Delhi Chief Minister said, “In 2017, the BJP’s tallest leader had said if ‘kabristans’ (cemeteries) are made in Uttar Pradesh, then ‘samshans’ (crematoriums) should also come up.”

“Unfortunately, Yogi Adityanath in the past five years only constructed crematoriums and made arrangements to send a large section of citizens there,” Arvind Kejriwal alleged.

He further stated that Uttar Pradesh had earned a bad name throughout the world for making bad arrangements during the second COVID wave.

“If there was any state in the world that had made the worst arrangements to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, it was Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

“In order to cover its misdemeanour, the UP government had given 10-page advertisements in US magazines, splurging the hard-earned money of people,” he alleged, as quoted by PTI.

The AAP leader went on to say that while his rivals are good at “constructing graveyards and crematoriums”, he knows “how to get schools and hospitals constructed”.

“I get it done in Delhi. Likewise, I will get it done in Uttar Pradesh,” Arvind Kejriwal said while stressing the need for more schools and hospitals in the country.

In another salvo at the UP government, the Delhi Chief Minister claimed that it has put up 850 hoardings in the national capital while the AAP government had only 108 hoardings erected in Delhi.

“Sometimes, people wonder if they are contesting elections in Uttar Pradesh or Delhi,” he jibed.

Arvind Kejriwal’s Poll Pitch For AAP In UP

AAP, which is the new entrant in the political heartland, has announced that it will contest all 403 seats in the UP Assembly polls.

Arvind Kejriwal said that he has taken a vow to fulfill Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar’s dream to provide good education to children of the country.

He alleged that rival parties are knowingly keeping the poor deprived and illiterate “so that they keep coming to their rallies”.

“They deliberately kept the government schools in poor condition. If we can improve the government schools in five years (in Delhi), can’t it be done in UP,” Kejriwal said.

He further emphasised that his government has run a scheme under which people of different faiths are being taken to pilgrimage to places like Dwarka, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Ajmer Sharif.

Recently around 2,000 devotees returned from Ayodhya as part of this scheme, he stated.

The AAP leader has promised to provide 300 units of electricity free, 10 lakh jobs, and Rs 1,000 every month to women above 18 years of age if his party is voted to power in the state.

In his pitch for AAP, Arvind Kejriwal said: “You people have seen governments of all parties. The SP, BSP and Congress have availed the opportunity for complete five years. Give us a chance, if you don’t like our government then don’t vote for the party in future”.

(With Agency Inputs)

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