Arvind Kejriwal meets Nitin Gadkari over e-rickshaw issue

By on September 16, 2014

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal meets Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari over the ban on e-rickshaws in the national capital.

“E-rickshaws were banned in Delhi due to the government’s inaction. Gadkari misled the e-rickshaw drivers on June 17 at Ramlila Maidan by saying he would come up with a policy on it in a month, but nothing has been done,” Kejriwal said.

Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal has argued in his memorandum that there are more than 2 lakh e-rickshaws in Delhi. Declaring them illegal would render more than 2 lakh people unemployed. Their families will find it very difficult to survive. E-rickshaws have also brought down the crime rate as many unemployed youth are now engaged in plying of e-rickshaws. These rickshaws also contribute to government revenue as the government charges VAT, excise duty and import duty on purchase of these rickshaws.

Meanwhile, Aam Admi Party (AAP) is likely to contest Municipal Corporation elections in the Haryana state.

“There is no reason why we shouldn’t contest the municipal elections in the state. The decision to refrain from the state elections was taken as they coincided with probable elections in Delhi. However, we will try our best to reach out to the voters of Haryana,” AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said.

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