Delhi chief minister and national convener of Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal on Friday attacked the BJP-led government in Maharashtra and said a party that can not run schools can not be trusted to run a government.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal paid homage to Jijabai, the mother of warrior king Shivaji, on her birth anniversary and addressed a public meeting at Sindhkhedraja in Buldhana district of Maharashtra.
"The BJP-RSS (supporters) attacked Dalits at Koregaon Bhima, leading to caste tensions". The Mahar or Dalit soldiers were backbone of British Army and it is celebrated as a victory of Dalits over the oppressive rule of Brahmical Peshwas.
It had led to protests in various parts of Maharashtra. Some pro-Hindutva leaders had opposed the 200th anniversary celebrations of the battle. The Aam Aami Party leader pointed out that his party's three-year rule in Delhi, the condition of state-run schools has improved and it got worldwide recognition. Referring to Devendra Fadnavis regime's decision to wind up over a thousand state-run schools for want of pupils and funds, Kejriwal said people of Maharashtra would not forgive the government that has crushed the dreams of Chhatrapati Shivaji, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Jyotiba and Savitri Fule, who strived for spreading education and equality among people. "The Maharashtra government's budget is Rs 3 lakh crore and still it is shutting down the government schools", he said. Kejriwal gave example of his own government who started new 300 government schools in Delhi in last three years. Kejriwal said, "The highest number of farmer suicides are reported from Maharashtra yet the BJP-led state government doesn't feel it necessary to do anything about it". He claimed within three months of coming to power in Delhi, he as CM provided relief of Rs 50,000 per hectare to farmers as compensation for crop loss because of heavy rains. In Delhi, I ordered audit of private power companies and forced them to cut rates. Several people, including Brig (retd) Sudhir Sawant, joined AAP at the well-attended rally. Kejriwal's rally is seen as an attempt to revive party's fortune in the state. In 2014 Lok Sabha election, the party contested 22 seats out of the total 48 but lost deposit on 21 seats.