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100 days of AAP: What the Aam Aadmi thinks of Delhi Government

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By Ishan Kukreti

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AAP stormed into the Delhi Assembly with an unprecedented majority some 100 days back. Since then, Arvind Kejriwal and his party have remained a hot button topic across all platforms of media.

The party has gone through a lot in these 100 days. The internal conflict, a very popular central government as a comparison, and Delhites’ own trust issues with the party has shaped AAP’s centenary of 24 hour days.

NewsGram talked to a few people in the city to gauge the mood of the masses.

Promises have not been delivered at a desired pace.
Promises have not been delivered at a desired pace.

 

Babu Ram Negi, a businessman thinks the party has not performed as per its promises so far. “The problem of law and order is not being dealt with properly. Some sort of compromise must be reached with the center on the issue of Delhi Police. AAP cannot keep blaming BJP for things and has to come up with a solution.”

Average performance due to internal conflict.
Average performance due to internal conflict.

 

Mohit and Harsh, IT professionals, feel that AAP government has done an average job. “It’s a 50-50 thing. Some good things have happened alongside major goof ups. AAP has to clean its internal politics and structure,” Harsh says.

Mohit too feels something similar. “The practicality needed for execution of policies I feel, is lacking from AAP right now.”

Students have more practical concerns about AAP
Students have more practical concerns about AAP

 

Some students between sips of tea and puffs of cigarette told NewsGram that they feel the government can perform much better if the hindrance from center isn’t there. “The center and state are ideologically different. One bats for the common man while the other for Hindutva,” feels Dhananjay Sharma.

However, for Shivangi Gautam, the concerns are more practical. “It’s a good thing. Subsidizing water and electricity. But how feasible are such subsidies in the long run? ”

For Mukesh Work is equal to benifits
For Mukesh Work is equal to benifits

 

Mukesh Kumar, a drinks stallwalah however feels that no matter which government is in power, his wellbeing is based on his hard work. “Kamaenge toh khaenge, nahi toh kon Sarkar haath me khana de kar jaegi?” (If I work I’ll eat. Government will not give me food on a plate.)

Internal politics is taking a toll on AAP
Internal politics is taking a toll on AAP

 

“I don’t think the party is doing as much about the corruption issue, as it did the last time. Anti-corruption number is also not very effective,” Says Rabindra, a driver in the capital.

Given all practical considerations, 100 days are too early to give a mandate on AAP’s work in the capital, and the party is following a slow-and-steady path after last time. However, the fast paced people of the capital have started showing signs of impatience.

 

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  • Well i don’t really agree with the voices made, above by citizen because we really need to give AAP some more time, they dont have any magic wand, which will magically….resolve matters,

    Thanks !

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Blow for Kejriwal: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

A big blow to the Aam Aadmi Party after the Election Commission recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs

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Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia commons
Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons
  • The EC recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs under the ‘office of profit’ pretext
  • AAP looks forward to approaching the Delhi High court
  • The controversy started after Prashant Patel had submitted an application to the President

The Election Commission has recommended the disqualification 20 AAP MLAs. The EC found them guilty of holding an ‘office of profit’. The recommendation has been sent to the President. If cleared, the disqualification would mean that AAP’s strength in Delhi Assembly will reduce from 67 to 47.

The 20 AAP legislators were accused of being unconstitutionally appointed as parliamentary secretaries to assist various ministers of the Delhi government. The EC’s opinion on this matter means that the AAP legislators are set to be disqualified, which could soon force a mini Assembly election in the national capital.

The party now looks forward to approach the Delhi High Court, pleading that the recommendation be struck down. Wikimedia Commons
The party now looks forward to approaching the Delhi High Court, pleading that the recommendation is struck down. Wikimedia Commons

“This is unprecedented. The MLAs in question didn’t get a chance to present their case before the EC. In fact, we didn’t hear the news from the EC, but news channels,” AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said.

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Opposition parties have demanded the immediate resignation of Arvind Kejriwal as chief minister of Delhi on moral ground.

The ‘office of profit’ controversy had started after a lawyer, Prashant Patel, had filed an application in 2015 to the President’s office. It questioned the appointment of AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.

The Congress had filed a petition in Election Commission in 2016 as a follow-up, based on this application. The opposition party sought disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs.

Kejriwal had appointed MLAs in March 2015 and his government passed an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, in June 2015. Wikimedia Commons

AAP had argued that this post did not qualify as an office of profit as there is no monetary benefit attached to it. But then President Pranab Mukherjee refused to give assent, following which the appointments were set aside by the Delhi High Court in September 2016, declaring them illegal since the order had been passed “without concurrence/approval of the Lt Governor”.

ALSO READ: Discontentment in the Aam Aadmi Party is resulting in Resignation and withdrawals from the party

In the first reaction to the EC recommendation, AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma tweeted:

Here’s the list of 20 MLAs who have been recommended to be disqualified: 

1. Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli)
2. Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar)
3. Praveen Kumar (Jangpura)
4. Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar)
5. Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka)
6. Sanjeev Jha (Burari)
7. Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar)
8. Sukhvir Singh (Mundka)
9. Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar)
10. Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar)
11. Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk)
12. Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri)
13. Anil Kumar Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar)
14. Manoj Kumar (Kondli)
15. Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh)
16. Avtar Singh (Kalkaji)
17. Vijendar Garg Vijay (Rajinder Nagar)
18. Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur)
19. Sharad Kumar (Narela)
20. Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar)