Kejriwal claims AAP will win Guj elections, promises OPS by Jan 31
‘After 27 years of misgovernance, the citizens of Gujarat will get relief from these people (BJP)’
Ahmedabad: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday made a written assertion that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will form government in Gujarat after the upcoming Assembly polls.
He also urged government employees in Gujarat to back the AAP while promising implementation of the old pension scheme for them by January 31 next year.
Addressing a press conference in Surat, AAP national convener Kejriwal said his predictions for the Delhi and Punjab Assembly elections came true, and the same will happen in Gujarat as well.
He claimed people are so scared of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that they shy away from openly admitting support for the AAP in the Gujarat Assembly elections, scheduled in two phases on December 1 and 5.
"I am going to make a prediction in writing in front of you all...Note down the prediction that the AAP is going to form government in Gujarat. After 27 years of misgovernance, the citizens of Gujarat will get relief from these people (BJP)," Kejriwal said.
He then wrote his prediction on a piece of paper and showed it to media persons.
The AAP national convener asked government employees seeking the old pension scheme among other demands to help his party form government in the state.
The Gujarat government had introduced a new contributory pension scheme (NPS) for employees joining the service on or after April 1, 2005.
According to the notification, it will make a matching contribution of 10 per cent of the basic pay plus dearness allowance contributed by the employees in the NPS fund. Under the Centre's scheme, the government will contribute 14 per cent against an employee's contribution of 10 per cent of his/her salary and DA with effect from April 1, 2019.
After protests by employees, the state government had said the new pension will not be applicable to those employees who had joined duty before April 2005. It also promised to increase its contribution in the fund to 14 per cent from the 10 per cent earlier.
The employees have staged massive agitations against the government in Gujarat while demanding restoration of the OPS because they believe the NPS is not in the interest of retiring employees.
Other contractual employees, policemen, state transport workers, anganwadi workers, teachers, health workers, talatis, sanitation workers etc have different issues related to grade pay, permanent job, increase of wages and transfer posting, he noted.