The request by national leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Panipat that the “gifts” are hampering India’s efforts to become self-reliant and also burden taxpayers.
“I demand that there be a referendum in this country on whether public money should be spent on family or friends, or whether it should be spent providing facilities for ordinary people like building good schools, good hospitals and roads,” he said. said in a video message without taking any names.
In a veiled attack on the BJP leadership, Kejriwal alleged that an atmosphere is being created in the country to make people feel that the country will suffer losses if governments provide free facilities to the masses.
“What is the job of governments then?” he asked, saying it would be fooling people if they weren’t given facilities commensurate with the amount of tax they paid.
Taxpayers are not cheated when their children receive good education and health care services, he argued.
“They are, indeed, deceived when politicians use their money to settle loans to their friends,” he added.
Kejriwal claimed taxpayers “feel cheated” today as they can see their money spent on “a few friends of powerful people”.
The country would not have faced an economic crisis today had the government not canceled bank loans worth Rs 10 lakh crore, he said in an apparent attack on the government Modi.