Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that freebies "in limited dose" are good for the economy, if no extra tax were to be imposed and it did not lead to budget deficits. Kejriwal, whose government has been criticised by the BJP for giving "freebies", also said that freebies make more money available to the poor. "Freebies, in limited dose, are good for economy. It makes more money available to poor, hence boosts demand. However, it should be done in such limits so that no extra taxes have to be imposed and it does not lead to budget deficits," he tweeted.
Freebies, in limited dose, are good for economy. It makes more money available to poor, hence boosts demand. However, it shud be done in such limits so that no extra taxes have to be imposed and it does not lead to budget deficits— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 24, 2020
Earlier, Union Home MInister Amit Shah had accused Kejriwal of making false promises to the people of Delhi. Addressing a rally in the national capital, Shah yesterday said, "I've come to remind Kejriwal Ji that you forgot the promises you made but neither the people of Delhi nor workers of BJP have forgotten...You became CM with help of Anna Hazare but couldn't bring a law for Lokpal and when Modi ji brought it you didn't implement it here."
"If competition to make false promises is held in the country, then Kejriwal will definitely come first," he added.
In a fresh counter attack on Amit Shah, Kejriwal also highlighted the development work done by his government in Delhi. Taking on to Twitter, he said he is happy that the people of Delhi have forced the Saffron party to ask for votes on the basis of CCTVs, schools and unauthorised colonies.
Reacting to a tweet of the BJP Delhi in which Home Minister Amit Shah had asked how many schools have been constructed and cameras installed by the AAP government, Kejriwal said he is happy that Shah saw some CCTV cameras as earlier he had claimed that he could not find a single one.
"I am happy you saw some CCTV cameras. A few days back you said there was not a single camera. Take out some time we will show you our schools also. I am extremely happy that the people of Delhi have changed the politics by which the BJP has to ask for votes on CCTV, schools and raw colonies here," he said in a tweet.
Responding to Shah's allegation that he could not find WiFi in Delhi as promised by Kejriwal and that his battery drained out in the process, the Delhi chief minister said along with free WiFi they have also made arrangement for free charging points.
सर, हमने फ़्री wi-fi के साथ साथ फ़्री बैटरी चार्जिंग का भी इंतज़ाम कर दिया है। दिल्ली में 200 यूनिट बिजली फ़्री है। https://t.co/eCe51evCFz— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 24, 2020
मुझे ख़ुशी है आपको “कुछ” CCTV कैमरे तो दिखाई दिए। कुछ दिन पहले तो आपने कहा था एक भी कैमरा नहीं लगा— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 24, 2020
थोड़ा समय निकालिए, आपको स्कूल भी दिखा देते हैं?
मुझे बेहद ख़ुशी है कि दिल्ली के लोगों ने राजनीति बदली है जो यहाँ भाजपा को CCTV, स्कूल और कच्ची कालोनियों पर वोट माँगने पड़ रहे हैं https://t.co/S5RN1QgUAV
Delhi is going to the polls on February 8 and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has announced that it will continue its freebies on electricity and water, if re-elected.