NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal – who has been locked in a running feud with the Centre – has described the Bihar verdict as a slap on the face of those indulging in politics of hate and intolerance. He added it was also a referendum on the Centre’s performance.

He said the BJP-led central government had not fulfilled any of the promises made in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls and it was rather hindering the functioning of state governments. “We got 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi elections. Still, they do not allow us to work freely and keep creating impediments. This is also intolerance. We hope the Modi government will learn a lesson from this defeat and allow us to work independently now,” Kejriwal said.

He expressed his views in a series of tweets and interaction with journalists through the day. The Aam Aadmi Party too let his reactions be known.

In a dig at Modi, Kejriwal said that, perhaps, the Prime Minister will now get down to governance and cancel his foreign trips. “Modi should focus more on governance in the country,” he said, pointing out that the price of many commodities, including pulses, has gone up in the country and the central government was doing nothing about it. “The results of Bihar are a referendum on the work and working style of PM Modi,” he said.

Kejriwal had openly supported Nitish Kumar, the face of the Mahagathbandan who is set to become the Bihar CM for the third time, in the run-up to the Bihar elections. He had also appealed to his supporters in Delhi to call their friends and relatives in Bihar to vote for making Nitish Kumar the CM.

“Appeal all to phone relatives and friends in Bihar to vote to make Nitishji the CM,” he had tweeted on November 4, adding, “it is important that BJP loses Bihar so that they know that hate politics will not work in this country. People want love and peace, not hate.”

On Sunday, as the results became clearer, he was among the first to congratulate Kumar. “Many congratulations Nitishji on this historic victory,” he said on Twitter.

The deputy CM of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, also congratulated Kumar. “Congratulations! a big thank to voters of Bihar for their vision of future Bihar & the nation together. Also congrats to Nitishji,” he tweeted.

A senior AAP functionary, who belongs to Bihar, said they were not directly involved in the campaign but did all to support the JDU-RJD alliance. “The BJP’s arrogance led to its downfall. If they don’t change, we will lead a movement to show this party its place. The CMs of all states that are being harassed by the BJP-led central government may come together in future to protest its high-handedness,” he said.

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Source: TOI-Delhi