Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the NDTV Townhall event
With the issue of keeping the city clean once again taking centre stage just ahead of the elections to Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said today that if man can reach the moon, then clearing out garbage is no big deal.
Speaking at a Townhall event organised by NDTV, the Delhi Chief Minister said: "Today, we have reached the moon. So what are mountains of garbage compared to that?"
Exuding confidence about the election results, the AAP supremo said: "I predict a win for the Aam Aadmi Party. AAP will get 230-plus seats. BJP will get less than 20."
Elections to the 250-ward MCD will be held on December 4, votes will be counted on December 7.
He said in Gujarat too, where Assembly elections are scheduled for December 1 and 5, AAP will win a majority.
Garbage heaps in Delhi is a major issue over which all the three main parties, AAP, BJP and Congress, have been sparring for a while.
Speaking at the NDTV Townhall, Mr Kejriwal emphasised that to get work done and ensure adequate civic amenities, all that is required is a good "intent".
"We need the intent to do good work. That is all that is needed - neeyat (intent)," he said.
Mr Kejriwal, who is also AAP's National Convenor, said: "I have asked for five years to clean the Yamuna, starting from 2020. So, I have time till 2025."
"If I can't do it, throw me out," he added.
Last Friday, AAP's Delhi unit Convenor Gopal Rai had flagged off 35 campaign vehicles, displaying miniature "garbage mountains" to highlight alleged mismanagement of garbage removal by the BJP-run MCD.
The party said it would display models of the three landfill sites in Delhi to highlight the BJP's "garbage mismanagement" during its 15-year-old governance of the civic body.
The BJP has been in power in MCD for three straight terms.
BJP's East Delhi MP and former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir had earlier taken strike against Mr Kejriwal over the Ghazipur landfill that falls in his constituency, accusing the AAP boss of speaking about it only for political reasons ahead of Delhi's municipal elections.
"I've been to the Ghazipur mountain eight times since 2019, and the Chief Minister did not come even after I asked him again and again," he had tweeted in Hindi.
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