Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party seem to have learnt no lesson from their drubbing in the recently concluded elections in Goa and Punjab. They built their entire politics on lies and false claims. Despite being exposed multiple times, they seem to be persistent with spreading lies and making false claims. Even though it has become a routine affair for both AAP, its supremo Arvind Kejriwal and the ministers of the party, this one deserves a special mention.
On 17 March, the official Facebook page of Aam Aadmi Party posted a photo praising Arvind Kejriwal for closing 46 liquor shops in Delhi. The photo uploaded by the page also stated that Delhi government will be shutting down all the liquor shops, bars and pubs which are within 500 metre of any (state or national) highways. For the uninformed, the post may seem to be an achievement of Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government, as the post has praised Delhi government (Attached below is the screenshot of AAP official FB page and the picture uploaded by them)
However, the truth is far from this. On 16 December 2016, the Supreme Court banned all liquor shops within 500 metre of national and state highways across the country, a move aimed at reducing drink driving and road accidents that claim thousands of lives every year. “We would not like any vend on national highways, state highways, advertisements, or signage about availability of liquor shops. All signboards should be removed. Roads should be absolutely free from any distraction or attractions. Visibility is the first temptation,” then Chief Justice Thakur had said in the judgement.
The Supreme Court ordered the central and state government to ensure that all the liquor shops, pubs or bars that exist within 500 metre of National or State Highways must be closed by 31 March 2017. Based on the SC order, all the governments are duty-bound to close the liquor shops. All the states have taken action to shut down such liquor shops and have stopped renewing license for the liquor shops that exist within 500 metre of highways.
However, Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kerjiwal were quick to take credit for a Supreme Court order which is binding on all the governments. Arvind Kejriwal, or for that matter, any other state government have no option other than follow the orders of Supreme Court and hence is not an “achievement” of the Delhi government or Arvind Kejriwal, as the FB page has portrayed in the post. Once again, AAP has been caught spreading half-baked information and lies to the people of India.