Just three phases are left in Lok Sabha election 2019 and the country is moving towards May 23 when the results will be declared. Meanwhile, Anil Bajpai, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Delhi has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Union Minister Vijay Goel has claimed that as many as 14 AAP MLAs were in touch.
To talk about these and many more issues journalist Anurag Sason has an in-depth conversation with Mr RP Singh, Delhi BJP MLA from Rajendra Nagar constituency.
Here are important excerpts from the exclusive interview: (Scroll down to watch the complete interview)
Q1) AAP MLA from Delhi, Anil Bajpai, has joined the BJP. Your comments.
RP Singh: Well people are frustrated with the Aam Aadmi Party. They are fed up with the AAP. They feel suffocated within the party and have resentment against the leadership. So they are joining us. They are looking for options.
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Q2) Union Minister Vijay Goel claimed that 14 MLAs were in touch with the BJP. Your comments.
RP Singh: Probably, there can be more than 14. People are feeling suffocated. And they are already daring the AAP to take action against them.
Q3) The AAP is alleging that the BJP is buying its MLAs. How you defend it?
RP Singh: This premise is totally wrong.
Q4) The Aam Aadmi Party is stressing for the full statehood for Delhi. Why?
RP Singh: It is a cover up for their failures. The AAP has miserably failed in the past four years.
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Q5) The AAP is saying that it wants full statehood for Delhi so that it can carry out development works which are presently being stalled by the Centre.
RP Singh: Tell me which development work has been stalled?
Q6) Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal claims that the Centre collects huge revenue from Delhi but in return gives only Rs 325 crore to it. Your comments.
RP Singh: Delhi is getting more funds compared to any other state. Has he utilised all the funds which were allotted to the Delhi government?
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Q7) Last time the BJP won all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. What will happen this time?
RP Singh: We are going to win all the seats in Delhi. This time the Aam Aadmi Party is badly losing. They will be rooted out.
Q8) No alliance is taking place between the AAP and the Congress. Do you think that this will benefit the BJP?
RP Singh: My reports from the ground are different. There is some understanding (between the AAP and the Congress).
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Q9) Next year Delhi will witness assembly election. Who will be the CM candidate from the BJP?
RP Singh: Let the time come, we will decide.
Q10) Many celebs have joined the BJP. Is it that the party now counting more on the celebrities than on its leaders to woo the voters?
RP Singh: See the party is growing and when you grow you have lateral entries and also people climbing up the hierarchy.
Q11) What are the three biggest problems in Delhi and their solutions?
RP Singh: Health: People in Delhi are not getting the benefit of Modi Care. Arvind Kejriwal hasn’t allowed the implementation of the scheme.
Water: Once our government will come to power, we will ensure that every family gets 20 litres of water per day.
Education: Today poor man can’t afford education (in Delhi). We will make sure that every poor gets basic education in the national capital.
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