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‘Muft ki revadi?’: Kejriwal tweets after Washington DC announces free public transportation

After Washington DC announced free public transportation, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal poked fun at the BJP in his latest tweet, asking, "Should it be ridiculed as muft ki revadi?"

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New Delhi: After Washington DC announced free public transportation, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal poked fun at the BJP in his latest tweet, asking, “Should it be ridiculed as muft ki revadi?”

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Washington, DC, makes public transportation free. Should it be ridiculed as “muft ki revadi”? No. “Providing free public services to its citizens without imposing additional taxes reflects an honest and sensitive government that saves money and provides facilities to its people,” he tweeted.

Washington, DC, has decided to give permanent free bus services in all directions starting next summer, and other big cities like Boston and Denver are likely to follow suit, according to the Daily Mail.

The city is ready to increase its transport services and make them better with a concrete plan that got the approval of Washington, DC,’s council last week. It means commuters don’t need to pay $2 fares when boarding metrobuses within city limits, starting around July 1.

The AAP and BJP had a spat of words regarding the freebie culture that began after PM Modi, during his inauguration of the Bundelkhand Expressway in Uttar Pradesh in July, warned people against the ‘revdi culture’ under which votes were sought by promising free electoral freebies. PM Modi has stated that this could be “very dangerous” for the country’s development.

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“Those who believe in the Revdi culture are not capable of building new expressways, new airports, or defence corridors for you.” “Together, we must defeat this thinking and eliminate Revdi culture from the country’s politics,” the Prime Minister stated.

Arvind Kejriwal said in his same-day rebuttal to the PM that providing free and high-quality services to the public was not free Revdi. In fact, he said, “free Revdi” means giving excessive benefits to certain corporate houses and ministers.

Arvind Kejriwal went on to say that calling such benefits “free revdi” is deceptive. A month later, he stated that while free education and healthcare don’t come on the list of freebies, these two sections are important for eliminating the country’s poverty in one generation.

In a letter to the Election Commission of India (ECI), the BJP said that freebies are the way to attract voters, whereas the growth of the country lies in welfare schemes.

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