This Article is From Jan 10, 2015

Good at Governance and Dharnas: Arvind Kejriwal Responds to PM Modi

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal (centre) with party leaders Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav during a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday. (Press Trust of India photo)

New Delhi: Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a scathing attack at his party, Aam Aadmi Party chief and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the BJP is nervous.

"One thing which became clear looking at BJP leaders in the rally today is that the party is nervous. It also became clear that BJP has no positive agenda for Delhi, they will resort to name calling in the campaign," Mr Kejriwal said.

He also called the BJP government a U-turn Sarkar, accusing the party of reneging on the promises it made before coming to power at the Centre. "Everyone says it's a U-turn Sarkar, they always go back on their promises. And they just make promises; suppose if elections are going to take place in two months, they will come with new promises and forget the old ones," the AAP chief said.

Highlighting the achievements during his tenure, the former Delhi chief minister said all BJP leaders attacked him at the rally, but not his work during the 49-day government. "We know governance and we also know how to stage a dharna," Mr Kejriwal said.

Saying that he will not respond to "personal allegations" against him, Mr Kejriwal also said that his party's politics is based on issues and agenda and never on personalities. "They called me a liar, anarchist and a lot more... this is the level of BJP. We never use this kind of language," he said.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi today kick-started the BJP's campaign for the upcoming polls in Delhi by launching a scathing attack at the Aam Aadmi Party's and Mr Kejriwal.

"We need development here, not anarchy. They are good at dharnas... we are good at running government," the PM said, without naming the Aam Aadmi Party or AAP.

Continuing his attack, Mr Modi said, "Punish those who left you behind, who abandoned you. Those who want to sleep on footpaths, sleep there, protest... they should be given those jobs. We are proficient in running a government and therefore choose the right people for the right jobs."

Mr Kejriwal had quit less than two months after he took oath as Delhi Chief Minister in February last year. He resigned after his push for the anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill was blocked in the state legislature by law-makers from the Congress and the BJP.

Elections are expected to take place in Delhi mid-February, say sources. The national capital has been under President's Rule ever since Mr Kejriwal quit as Chief Minister.