New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh, in his maiden speech in the Upper House, on Wednesday hit out at the BJP-led central government for “spreading hatred” in the country and for “benefiting” the big industrialists and “cheating” the common man.
He said the BJP failed to keep up with its promises on black money, employment, farmers’ loans.
“BJP has played a cruel joke on the farmers of UP by giving them Rs 1 to Rs 2 loan waiver…You said you will put Rs 15 lakh in everyone’s account, but did not put even Rs 15.
“BJP cheated the traders, farmers, and the youth of this country.
“Under Sangh’s shameless government’s rule, people are dying of hunger,” he added.
Singh also took a jibe at the Prime Minister’s long speeches, saying, “Indian government would stand first if there was an International competition of speeches.”
Singh also used the platform to raise the issue of sealing drive in the national capital and asked the reason behind the Centre’s “animosity” against the AAP-led Delhi government.
“It took huge efforts to get this country’s independence, its Constitution, but democracy today is in danger. Governments that came to power with an overwhelming majority — be it West Bengal or Delhi — are not being allowed to function.”
Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s harsh remark for Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal suggesting that he join the Maoist movement in the forests, Singh said the public is the decider and it voted Kejriwal to power with an “overwhelming majority” of 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.
“…while three BJP MLAs were sent to the jungle,” he added.
“The ruling AAP in the capital is constantly being tormented. There have been raids on the offices of the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister, the Health Minister.
“Fifteen of our MLAs were sent to jail. There were 40 policemen assigned to do the job of catching our MLA Somnath Bharti’s dog,” said Singh.
Singh spoke about the disqualification of 20 of his party MLAs and stressed that “this thing doesn’t happen anywhere in the country.”
“We are working for the people…will keep doing so.”
“There are people who want to destroy the Taj Mahal as it was built by the Mughals — the invaders,” he said.
He used poetic expressions to describe the essence of India — known for its diversity and unity.
“India will not be run on the basis of hatred but love… You can’t suppress the voice of the common man,” he stressed.