Day before Delhi polls, Shiv Sena praises Kejriwal for his work, slams BJP’s Hindu-Muslim politics

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A day before Delhi assembly election, the Shiv Sena has praised Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the work done by the AAP government and slammed its former ally BJP for its communal polarisation politics to garner votes.

“Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have put up all their efforts in Delhi after they lost Maharashtra and Jharkhand. Nothing wrong if they want to win Delhi, but despite an army of 200 MPs, BJP CMs and the entire Modi cabinet, it seems that Kejriwal is weighing heavy on all others,” an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana said on Friday.

“Kejriwal is seeking votes on the basis of work done in five years. This is a new experiment in the country’s politics. This should be welcomed beyond party lines. Voters of Delhi are intelligent,” it added.

The Shiv Sena also hit out at the Centre for “creating obstacles” for the AAP government and acknowledged Kejriwal’s efforts in Delhi.

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“Even after having limited power and despite regular obstacles created by the Centre, his [Kejriwal] work in the field of education, health and public facilities is ideal,” the Sena said.

It said the Modi government should have used the Kejriwal model in other states. “…rather than doing this, the way campaign is being run, it is only to prove that Kejriwal a liar. If a state is doing well, appreciating it is the duty of the leader, but the large-heartedness is no more left in Delhi,” the Sena said in Saamana.

Polling in all the 70 seats in the national capital will take place on February 8 from 8 am to 6 pm, and the results will be announced on February 11.

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