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AAP ministers ‘arrogant’, Delhi far from being corruption-free state


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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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)