Delhi’s politics is going through a rough phase. On the one hand, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) (which is governed by BJP) is demanding Rs 13,000 crore from the government of Arvind Kejriwal. On the other hand, farmers are protesting against the New Farm Laws at the Delhi border. Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the left are supporting farmers.
To talk about these and other important issues, journalist Anurag Sason has an in-depth conversation with Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta.
Here are important excerpts from the exclusive interview: (Scroll down to watch complete interview/पूरा साक्षात्कार देखने के लिए नीचे स्क्रॉल करें)
Q1) MCD is demanding Rs 13,000 crore from the Delhi government. What is this matter all about
Adesh Gupta: Three municipal corporations of Delhi work for the betterment of the people of the national capital. Delhi government provides funds to the corporations and these very funds are used to pay salaries and pensions of the corporations’ employees.
In the last six years, the Delhi government has reduced the funds of the corporations. Money crunch has affected the day-to-day working of the Delhi MCD. BJP’s mayors are protesting outside Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence so that Delhi’s municipal workers get salaries on time.
Q2) Demonstrations are taking place at the Delhi border by farmers against New Farm Laws. Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, left are supporting farmers. How do you see this?
Adesh Gupta: We are working for the betterment of farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Fasal Bima Yojana, Soil Health Card Scheme and Kisan Samman Nidhi.
Under Kisan Samman Nidhi Rs 95 thousand crore was provided to 10 crore farmers. Earlier no other government has done that. Now, these three New Farm Laws will improve the condition of Indian farmers even further. Maximum farmers in India are happy with the New Farm Laws.
Q3) If these New Farm Laws are so good for the farmers then why they are protesting?
Adesh Gupta: See government is positively looking at the farmers’ demands. Many farmers do not know about the benefits of the New Farm Laws and we are working to enlighten them.
Q4) How is this protest will end? Will the government accept farmers’ demands or farmers will be persuaded by the Modi government?
Adesh Gupta: Whatever doubts farmers have Modi government will clear them and I hope the protest will end soon.
Q5) On the one hand Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that Delhi police had put him under house arrest. On the other hand, Delhi Police released a video showing him attending a marriage ceremony. Who is lying?
Adesh Gupta: Actually house arrest was just a drama. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal went to farmers and said that the entire Delhi is supporting Bharat bandh. But Bharat Bandh totally failed in Delhi. So house arrest drama was created by him because he was unable to face the farmer. Arvind Kejriwal is a habitual liar.
Q6) AAP alleged deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s home was attacked by BJP. Your reaction.
Adesh Gupta: Aam Aadmi Party leaders threatened the mayors in the presence of Manish Sisodia. We protested peacefully in front of the deputy CM’s house, no one entered his house. AAP tweeted an old video.
Q7) Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the new Parliamentary building. The opposition is criticising the move saying that on the one hand farmers are protesting and on the other hand PM is laying the foundation stone of a new Sansad Bhawan. Your reaction.
Adesh Gupta: This new Sansad Bhawan symbolises Aathma Nirmal Bharat. Present Indian Parliament was constructed by Britishers (opened in 1927) and this new one will be built by us, Indians.
India is a democratic country. Multiple activities take place at the same time. So the protest and the construction of this new Sansad Bhawan should not be interlinked.
Q8) What is more important – providing employment to youths, bringing GDP back on track, or construction of new Rama Temple, Sansad Bhavan? Obviously, by the construction of these new structures youths will not get employment or GDP won’t improve!
Adesh Gupta: See the most important thing is development and when development takes place GDP also increases and youths get employment too.
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