If Centre can’t handle Delhi’s law & order, then give police to us: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal takes potshots at central government over Pragati Maidan tunnel robbery

| Updated: 27 June, 2023 9:57 pm IST
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Raising questions on multiple incidents of crime reported in the national capital, Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called out the Centre and Delhi LG VK Saxena.

Reiterating the demand for bringing the Delhi Police under the control of the Delhi government, CM Kejriwal also said that if the police are given to the Delhi government, then it will control the rising incidents of crime in the national capital.

“The Central Government does not have any solid plan to improve the Law & Order in Delhi. Meetings alone will not solve the problem. Robberies are happening on the streets in broad daylight in Delhi. If the centre cannot handle law and order, then give the police to us and we will make Delhi safe,” CM Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal questioned the efficacy of holding mere meetings, emphasising the need for a concrete and comprehensive plan from the Centre to improve law and order in Delhi.

“It appears the central government lacks a concrete plan to improve law and order in Delhi. Merely convening meetings will not suffice,” CM Kejriwal said.

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Citing the recent broad daylight robbery at the Pragati Maidan tunnel, CM Kejriwal said, “Yesterday, we witnessed the shocking incident of a car being stopped and a bag being looted in broad daylight at the Pragati Maidan underpass in Delhi, very close to the planned G-20 venue.”

“This incident, captured on camera, exemplifies the lawlessness in Delhi. It is alarming to witness a ‘Jungle Raj’ prevailing within the national capital, leading to a deep sense of insecurity among its residents,” he said.

“Today, I heard about a robbery in a market with the lock broken from behind. We must question the existing law and order situation in Delhi. Can we accept such a lack of security in our nation’s capital?” he questioned.

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CM Kejriwal further explained that the primary reason for this situation lies with the Central Government and the Delhi LG’s aim of obstructing the functioning of the Delhi Government around the clock.

“Their efforts seem solely focused on impeding the progress of the Delhi Government by hindering its schools, shutting down mohalla clinics, disrupting water supply, impeding power services, etc.,” he said.

“I request them to kindly prioritise their responsibilities and allow the Delhi Government to perform its duties effectively. In case they fail to improve law and order in Delhi, we can take that upon ourselves as well. We will transform Delhi into the safest city in the country,” he said.

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