Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said on Monday that diamond businessmen and jewelers in Gujarat’s Surat city should be awarded Bharat Ratna for their contribution to the country’s economy.
The statement is seen as Mr Kejriwal’s attempt to break the traditional BJP bastion just two days before Gujarat goes to the polls in the first phase.
Mr. Kejriwal visited a diamond cutting and polishing unit and spoke with traders and workers to understand their problems.
“Today a large number of diamond merchants and workers are here. I would like to tell you all that you are not only the pride of the country, but of the whole world. One third of the world’s diamonds are manufactured in Surat and exported. You make diamonds, but in my eyes you are all diamonds,” said Delhi CM Kejriwal.
He further stated that he had heard about the difficulties diamond traders face in getting work done by the government.
“This should not be a problem because in my opinion, diamond businessmen and jewelers of Surat should be honored with Bharat Ratna. You are contributing to the country’s economy and doing a great job for the country,” said the AAP leader.
Businessmen everywhere are being threatened, bullied, insulted, assaulted and extorted, he claimed.
“If the AAP comes to power, businessmen in Gujarat will be able to access cheap and free spaces with the help of the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) so that they do not have to pay high rents,” said Kejriwal.
The AAP government will ensure that merchants are provided with a loan according to their needs. The party will introduce a special law to check cases of cheating of businessmen, he said.
CM Kejriwal claimed that the central government had made the Goods and Services Tax (GST) so complicated that it has become difficult for people to do business.
“What good is a tax system that causes companies to come to a standstill?” he asked.
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