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Will not spare my own children if they are involved in illegalities: Kejriwal

Monday, May 23, 2016,11:57 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Panaji | Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal  said he would not even spare his own children if they were found to be involved in illegalities.

Tomorrow even if my child is involved in illegality, I will not spare him (and) I will take stringent action against him, Kejriwal said addressing a public meeting here. kicking off the The Aam Aadmi Party’s campaign for the Goa Assembly polls scheduled to be held in 2017.

Kejriwal recalled how the AAP government (in Delhi) had dismissed its own Food minister from the Cabinet after he was caught demanding bribe. In his 40-minute speech, Kejriwal touched on the issue of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s debt to the banks.

The Delhi Chief Minister alleged that Congress had given Rs 9,000 crore subsidy to Mallya. We gave (electricity) subsidy of Rs 1,400 crore which benefited 36 lakh families (in Delhi). But the Congress kept on criticising AAP government for the subsidy.

We gave subsidy to help the common men, while Congress gave Rs 9,000 crore subsidy and that too for one person, Vijay Mallya, he alleged. Taking a dig at BJP, Kejriwal said, when the party came to power (at the Centre) they allowed him (Mallya) to run away so that he is not caught.

The Delhi Chief Minister further said his government has slashed down the power tariffs in Delhi to the second lowest as against highest in the country a year and half ago during Congress rule. Then government was not heeding to the demand of the people that private firms providing electricity to Delhi were running scams.

But when we came to power, we did the audit of their accounts through CAG which revealed Rs 8,000 crore scam, Kejriwal claimed. We want to take action against these power firms and recover the money but the case is pending in the Supreme Court. Once we win the case, we promise that Delhi’s power tariff would be reduced further, he added.