The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Ajay Maken, on Thursday termed Aam Aadmi Party convenor and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as a “mini Modi”, charging him with spending large sums of money on advertisements at a time when residents of the National Capital were reeling under severe water and power shortage.

“The way PM Modi is spending crores on advertisements without concern for anyone, Kejriwal is also wasting the money of the people of Delhi,” Mr Maken told reporters here.

“Instead of performing his duties, Kejriwal is busy spreading lies through advertisements. He is like a mini Modi,” he said.

Mr Maken said Mr Kejriwal was trying to gain publicity by listing the achievements of his government through newspaper advertisements in other States, while Delhi residents were suffering due to shortage of water and power.

Instead of wasting time in other States, the AAP chief should look after Delhi first, he said.

The DPCC chief also hit out at the Modi government’s performance, saying they had failed to control the main issues of unemployment, corruption and price rise over the past two years.

“Modi had promised to provide employment to 4 crore people in the past 2 years , but only 1.34 lakh have found jobs, according to the government’s website,” he claimed.

“Everyone is familiar with the corruption in BJP-ruled States like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra etc. Apart from that, there are scandals involving Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya. Also, they still have not been able to bring back black money in these two years,” Mr Maken said.

The Delhi Congress leader admitted that the party was going through a trust deficit, but expressed confidence of bouncing back from these setbacks.

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