Chandigarh: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued a response on Sunday to comments made by his Haryana counterpart, Manohar Lal Khattar, regarding 'freebies.' As the 2024 Haryana assembly polls loom, CM Kejriwal asserted that the people of Haryana would soon enjoy the advantages of free services. Taking to 'X' (formerly known as Twitter), the Delhi CM stated, "Khattar Sahab! We provide free and world-class education and health services in Delhi. We offer free electricity and round-the-clock water supply. We have introduced these facilities in Punjab as well, and the public is pleased with us. Soon, the people of Haryana will also experience the benefits of these freebies."
On the previous day, Haryana CM Khattar engaged with beneficiaries of the CM's Pariwar Antyodaya scheme and criticized the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), alleging that some parties advocated slogans like 'Get this for free, Get that for free.' "There are numerous parties that promote slogans like 'get this for free, get that for free'... Instead of fostering a culture of freebies, our government's focus is on meeting the needs of working individuals, enhancing their skills, and developing them," CM Khattar remarked.
It is worth noting that during the Gujarat assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused the AAP of resorting to 'freebies' and alleged that the latter engaged in 'Revdi politics' (freebie politics). A war of words emerged between the AAP and the BJP during the Gujarat elections when the former, following its customary pattern of promises, pledged government schools, free electricity, access to water, and free healthcare in Gujarat if elected to power.