Raman looted C'garh for 15 years: Kejriwal
Raipur: AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh, alleging that it did nothing but loot the state during its 15-year rule.
Addressing a rally of around 10,000 people at the Science College grounds here, Kejriwal said that the gathering was there not to listen to him but to root out the state government.
The rally was the culmination of the AAP's 'Badalbo Chhattisgarh Sankalp Yatra" which started in November last year. "People have got frustrated with the ruling BJP and now have decided to bring about a change and elect an honest government," he said.
"During his 15 years of rule, Raman Singh left nothing to ruin Chhattisgarh. I challenge him to show a single good work his government has done for the people during his tenure," Kejriwal said.
He alleged that the people of the state were not getting the benefits of Chhattisgarh's abundance of natural resources as the ruling BJP was looting it to help private companies.
"God has blessed Chhattisgarh with abundant forests, rivers, natural resources including coal, iron ore and diamond mines. But the leaders of the state and its parties have left no stone unturned to loot it. These natural resources belong to the people, but they (BJP and Congress) gave it to companies," he said. He said that it was a matter of shame that Chhattisgarh, despite these natural resources, was seeing farmer suicides, unemployment and poor healthcare.
Alleging a nexus between the Raman Singh government and the Congress in the state, Kejriwal said the Congress was "sitting in the lap" of Singh and was partaking in the share (from corruption).
He asked the people to vote for AAP in the state Assembly polls slated for later this year and cautioned them against dividing their votes.
"Be cautious about division of votes. It should not happen that a few votes go to the Congress, some to others.
You (people) have to fight this election. AAP has no money. This is not Kejriwal's party, it is yours. You have to fight the election on your own and bring change," he said.
He said that AAP, if it won, would take back the state's natural resources from private firms and ensure that its benefits reached the commom man.
He promised farmers a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 2600 per quintal of paddy.
He also told the gathering about his government's good work in Delhi.