Panaji: Only the AAP can stop casinos in Goa, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a video message to Goans in which he also said that the Congress was a non-starter in the upcoming polls.
In in his 17-minute message to Goan voters, Mr Kejriwal also showcased mohalla clinics, upgraded government-run schools and other infrastructure achievements by his Delhi government while making a pitch for votes for his party in the 2017 assembly elections.
“Everyone in Goa wants casinos to shut shop. Both the BJP and the Congress could not do it because leaders from both parties are tied up with the casino lobby. Only the AAP can stop casinos. It can stop the ruin of Goan culture,” Mr Kejriwal said in his message broadcast on YouTube.
Mr Kejriwal also urged voters to ignore the Congress during the poll, claiming it was not even a factor in the elections and that voting for the Congress would mean a split of votes and favour the BJP.
“Please do not split votes. Congress is over. Congress is not in the race. If some of you vote the Congress and others for AAP, the vote will be split and BJP will come back to power,” Mr Kejriwal said.
The Aam Aadmi Party co-convenor also said that the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP had let down the state.
“Everyone should vote for AAP and those who vote for BJP, I want to ask them: Has the BJP given you anything? BJP gave you a mohalla clinic? BJP gave you good education system? BJP gave you a good governance system?
“BJP gave you only corruption and communalism. So those who vote for the BJP, please do not vote for them.
“After five years, everyone in Goa says we were cheated (again). BJP turned out to be doubly corrupt than the Congress and (Manohar) Parrikar betrayed the people.”