Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has made an implied attack at Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, saying instead of buying a Rs. 191 crore-plane for himself he preferred to provide free ride to women in public transport buses.
Kejriwal was making a tongue-in-cheek comment on Gujarat government’s recent decision to buy a new aircraft worth ₹191 crore to ferry its Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other dignitaries. Inaugurating construction of roads in Rohini under Rithala Assembly constituency, Mr. Kejriwal said opposition parties were getting "uncomfortable" by his government's schemes for facilitating people.
"We allowed free travel to women in public transport buses and the opposition raised noise over it. People ask where the money for it came from. The chief minister of a state bought a plane worth Rs. 191 crore for himself. I did not buy a plane and instead made travel free for my sisters," Mr Kejriwal said at Rithala.
The women in Delhi have been allowed free travel in public transport buses by the AAP government from October 29. The move coming a few months before the Delhi Assembly polls due early next year has been criticised by the BJP as a "freebie" for political gains.