New Delhi, May 25: Kashmiri Pandits from NCR Delhi met CM Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday (May 24). The group expressed disappointment and serious concerns since they believe political parties are playing politics in their name. The meet took place on the backdrop of the issue that the newly allocated Kashmiri Migrant Market has yet not been able to get electricity connections by the Delhi govt.
A group of displaced Kashmiri Pandits residing in Delhi met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence on Tuesday (May 24) in order to discuss the severe adversities that they have to face daily. According to an official release of the CM's office, “Kashmiri Pandits while meeting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, expressed their disappointment and concern as political parties are only playing politics in their name. They said that they were used as pawns for vote-bank politics.”
According to the reports of Republic
, Kejriwal responded to the Kashmiri Pandits saying, “Consider me as your elder brother. I will always be there for you. The Delhi Government respects your emotions and is aware of your concerns. Rest be assured, we will address every problem that you have brought to my knowledge.” Speaking about their allegations of being used as pawns for vote bank politics, Kejriwal said, “We don’t believe in any kind of vote-bank politics. We believe in bringing change to the national capital. Just see how we have made night shelters all over the city. The people are no one’s vote bank and they deserve dignity. I just want your love and blessings. This is what keeps us going.”
The group responded to AAP leader's claims of having worked for the welfare of Delhi and further brought it to his notice that their issue of no electricity supply at their newly rehabilitated settlement. The group said, "We were displaced by the PWD Flyover Division in the INA market," Kashmiri Pandits stated while handing over a memorandum to the Delhi CM. They further added, “However, the newly allocated Kashmiri Migrant Market has not been able to get electricity connections till now. Instead of providing electricity to our 36 stores, the power company offered estimates for installation and power connection that were prohibitive. Kashmiri migrants have suffered a lot due to frequent dislocations. And even today, we are unable to pay such a large sum and get the things done.”