Atmosphere being created against free education, free treatment at govt hospitals: Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal File Photo

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday claimed an atmosphere is being created against free government welfare services by terming them freebies, while demanding free education, free healthcare and unemployment allowance on the 75th anniversary of the nation's independence.

During an online briefing, he said those who call free education at government schools and other welfare schemes as freebies are ''traitors''. He also called for ending nepotism and "dostwaad" to bring 'Bharatwaad'.

Since the past few days, an atmosphere has been created that all facilities given by the central government and state governments to the poor, common man and middle-class people should be stopped.

This is causing a huge loss to the governments. Some people are calling it freebies and some are calling it free ki rewari'," Kejriwal said.

"An atmosphere is being created to put an end to free education given to children in government schools in the entire country, he noted. Meanwhile, the BJP slammed the AAP supremo and said he has lost his credibility among people and was trying to become a "hero" by promising freebies during elections.

"Kejriwal lacks the farsightedness and clarity of thought required in a politician and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has emerged as a synonym of corruption," BJP national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia alleged in a press conference.

Stating that he was ''pained'' to hear such statements on the 75th anniversary of Independence, the Delhi chief minister said "a system should have been created to give free and excellent education to children within these 75 years, but instead some people are saying that this is a free ki rewari".

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