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Free WiFi: AAP welcomes move; Oppn says poll ploy

NEW DELHI: The AAP has welcomed the move of installation of free WiFi hotspots in the city as part of the election manifesto promised by the party. "Governance superman Arvind Kejriwal delivers on yet another promise. Setting the bar high for quality governance and fulfilment of all election promises. Free WiFi will bridge the digital divide and bestow the power of learning, information, knowledge and outreach upon the poorest," tweeted AAP leader Raghav Chadha. However, the opposition termed the announcements as a poll gimmick.

"With the fulfilment of the Free WiFi for all promise, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has now fulfilled every single promise made to the people of Delhi in the run up to the 2015 election. The party had released a 70-point action plan before the election, which had said that free WiFi is a right of the people as it is a basic infrastructure that any modern city should have. It is a big step to empower the youth of the city," said senior AAP leader Atishi.

Referring to the promises made by the party before the election, Atishi listed the key campaign promises already fulfilled. "From the 70-point action plan, Arvind Kejriwal has delivered electricity at half prices, free lifeline water, augmenting water resources through rain water harvesting, provision of high quality education, expansion of the healthcare infrastructure, installation of CCTVs in public spaces, reduction of VAT rates and ending inspector raj, opening of incubation centres in Delhi educational institutions. Now we have fulfilled the 70th point that is free WiFi for all."

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition and BJP leader Vijender Gupta said, "As the elections to the Delhi Assembly are approaching, CM Kejriwal is creating a dream world of promises which he could not fulfil during the last four-and-a-half years is nothing but public cheating. One such promise he announced today is the decision of the Cabinet to begin skeleton free Wi-Fi internet services later this year i.e. around the election time. The deadline for commissioning of Wi-Fi hotspots across the city is now September 2020 whereas tenure of the Government ends in mid-February, 2020."

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