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AAP not in contention for 2019 polls, says Kejriwal

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New Delhi: Claiming that Aam Admi Party might get a Delhi-like opportunity in Punjab, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today gave an indication that his party was not in contention for the 2019 polls.

“We are not here for power politics. People ask if AAP is in the race for 2019? We are not in any race. Delhi’s win was miraculous. We just have to keep working hard and honestly”, Kejriwal told reporters.

Speaking at the AAP National Council Meeting, he directed his partymen not to run after polls but keep on doing the good work. The good work might facilitate an opportunity like Delhi, he remarked.

However, the National Council Meeting of the party got embroidled in controversy when a faction of AAP members protested outside the venue alleging that they were not invited.

Mentioning that the AAP government was the first government to fire a minister for alleged involvement in a graft case, Kejriwal claimed that his party’s prime motive was to fight corruption.

“We had two aims in the beginning – tackling corruption and bringing Jan Lokpal and Swaraj. In the last 10 months, we have worked so hard, I can challenge, Sheila (Dikshit) government did not do in 15 years. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi had the entire nation at his disposal, even he did not do”, Kejriwal said. 

Claiming that the Janlokpal bill will be passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal stated, “Lokpal is also going to be passed in this session. It is the same old bill minus citizen charter and vigilance. We have implemented the vigilance aspect. Citizen charter is being tabled today. So BJP and Congress have no issue to protest against.”

Kejriwal mentioned that the AAP government was successful in completing the construction of a flyover before the deadline besides the metro project.

The National Council is the body of founding members of the party while National Executive is the second highest decision-making body of the party. The Council ratifies all the decisions taken by the party.

 

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AAP party making homeless feel the brunt of winters

The problem is acuter for the women and kids, who have no place to hide themselves from the exceptional cold wave of winter.

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According to a survey conducted by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in 2014, the national capital has around 16,000 homeless people. Wikimedia Commons
According to a survey conducted by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in 2014, the national capital has around 16,000 homeless people. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: The whole of India is reeling under the intense wave of cold and especially the NCR region which is heavily bogged down by the fog blanket. People can be seen wrapped in heavy woolens and are turning up to bonfires to keep themselves warm. Many trains are also getting delayed almost an everyday basis due to the heavy fog.

The cold wave has started taking a toll on the people and Surviving the harsh weather condition is becoming a grim reality for many. The cold is intense and becoming unbearable for the people who are sleeping in open. Due to it, many homeless and poor people are taking the direct hit of cold weather in Delhi.

According to a survey conducted by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in 2014, the national capital has around 16,000 homeless people. But the social activists deny these figures and state it to be around two lakh.

Also according to another report by Hindustan Times, the DUSIB’s winter action plan 2017-18 for night shelters was rolled out on November 15. But the ground realities are quite different from the claims made by the Arvind Kejriwal led party.

The minimum temperature recorded at 4.2 degree Celsius, three notches below the season’s average. The bone-chilling cold has brought many people to their knees and there is nothing much that they can do. According to police records, in the last six days, 44 people have already lost their lives due the bitter winter.

The huge promises of AAP party don’t seem to be fulfilled that they boasted during the time of election campaigns. One of the agenda that Arvind Kejriwal took up during election time was the rehabilitation of homeless people in makeover sheds. But the death count of people in the last 6 days has really brought the question of ethics and principals that was the prime agenda of AAP party.

In one of the recent tweets, former AAP party member, Kapil Sharma has exposed the filthy politics of Arvind Kejriwal.

The terribly cold nights on footpaths and open grounds are the only options left for homeless people. The Delhi government should come up with something substantial as the winter is already turning out to be too dangerous.

The problem is acuter for the women and kids, who have no place to hide themselves from the exceptional cold wave of winter.

Last year, following the demolition of the homeless shelter by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his concern over the issue and assured that there will be makeshift habitats for poor people. But till now nothing has been done from the government side to subdue the problem.

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