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New Delhi: While taking oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi for the second time on February 14 this year at the historic Ramlila Maidan, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal had cautioned his party workers to not become arrogant after entering the corridors of power.

“I would like to urge all of you not to be arrogant. Otherwise, we will meet the same fate five years down the line. We have to serve people of Delhi as they have given such a massive mandate to us and we are grateful to them,” Kejriwal told the cheering crowd of supporters on February 10, 2015 after his party’s landslide victory in the Delhi Assembly polls.

However, a survey conducted by NewsGram from 3rd to 15th December this year across different parts of Delhi revealed that the majority of the people believe that as compared to Kejriwal’s previous 49-day government, the top officials and ministers in the current regime are less approachable and that power seems to have gone to their heads.

NewsGram asked as many as 1500 people in the national capital if they felt Kejriwal and his ministers had become arrogant. While 57 per cent people replied in affirmative, 22 per cent of the respondents said ‘no’ and 21 per cent were not sure about the issue.

When asked if Kejriwal and his ministers reach out to them in order to listen to their grievances, 52 per cent said ‘no’ while only 19 per cent people replied in the affirmative; 29 per cent people were not sure.

The AAP government led by Kejriwal had also promised to make Delhi India’s first corruption-free state by drastically reducing graft through well-thought out measures.

However, 57 per cent of the Delhiites who took part in the survey said they had to pay bribes to government officials in order to get their work done in the past 10 months. 37 per cent had no such experience while 6 per cent people were not sure about the issue. At the same time 49 per cent of the respondents said they believed corruption had gone down under the current AAP government, 34 per cent said ‘no’ and 17 per cent were not sure about the issue.

Good governance was a major poll plank of the fledgling AAP with promises of free electricity, water, and quality infrastructure topping their agenda. We asked Delhiites if they were happy with the condition of Delhi’s schools, colleges, hospitals etcetera and majority of them i.e. 48 per cent said they were satisfied while 41 per cent people replied in the negative. Only 11 per cent people were not sure about the matter.

Likewise, when questioned if they were happy with Delhi’s water and electricity services, 49 per cent people replied in the negative, 41 per cent of the respondents said ‘yes’ while 10 per cent people were not sure about the issue.

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The next state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul Gandhi to prove his mettle as a leader

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The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons
The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: Indian being a political democratic country, houses a lot of political parties. Since independence, many new parties have emerged to take up the fight for various sections of the society. One of the examples of such a party is AAP (Aam Admi Party). AAP came up with strong political ethics to root out issues faced by a commons man but now the very existence of this party is in question due to poor performance and incompetence of some of its top leaders. But the most prominent of all of the political parties in India are BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) and the Indian National Congress.

BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons
BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, BJP surfaced from a former party known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. BJP’s agenda during the 1980s focused on the ‘Ram Janambhoomi movement’. The party encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. This issue gave the Hindu colour denomination to BJP and in 1996; it emerged as the largest party in the parliament. After being kept away from the power for long, Narendra Modi led the BJP to unprecedented heights in the last elections and the competition was put up by him was unmatchable.

On the other hand, Congress is a more matured political party of India. It got established in the year 1885. After the independence, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Nehru was the front face of the political governance in India but after his assassination, his daughter Indira Gandhi took the charge and became the prime minister in 1966. Unfortunately, Indira Gandhi also got assassinated and her son, Rajiv Gandhi took up the reigns of the party. In the sequence of assassination, Rajiv Gandhi was the next target. Sonia Gandhi came to power in 1998 and she led the party from the front in 2004 elections. This resulted in the political rule of Congress under Manmohan Singh.

After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons
After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons

The recent Assembly election of Gujarat was a real eye-opener for many, as the people’s right to vote was seen quite considerably y exercised. The Congress resistance in the very own fortress of Narendra Modi was a heavy blow to the Modi wave that swept the country. Although, BJP had the last laugh in the election results but the close fight Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the Congress side was appreciable. The new trend seems to be rebalancing the political scenario in India. The tussle between the BJP and Congress will definitely go down in the history of Indian politics.

Nowadays, Twitter is another playground for political parties. The rule of social media platforms has pushed Indian leaders to communicate in the same manner. It’s vividly seen that people take up to twitter to express their views and differences. Rahul Gandhi vetted his displeasure over the performance of BJP in the latest series of attacks by Rahul against Prime Minister Modi.

Last month only, Rahul Gandhi was crowned as the party head. Therefore, the state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul to prove his mettle as a leader. It will be interesting to see the new strategies that will be deployed by Congress to take an edge over their arch rivals, BJP.