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How small acts of transparency by AAP are taking Delhi towards good governance

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By Devika Sharma

The “Common Man” party’s fledgling performance has galvanized political participation in a huge way as hoards of people across India are rushing to join a force that they hope will bring about good governance.

Aam Aadmi Party after coming to power has succeeded in exhibiting a break from traditional politics. AAP signifies a paradigm shift in 2 ways. First, the AAP has been formed, not by the big shots in politics but by the common people. Its entire leadership comprises of activists barely known till India Against Corruption started three years ago in 2010. And second, that AAP transcends, what they call, politics of citizenship. AAP’s primary pitch is for good governance has been its promise to fight corruption and bring transparency to governance

The emergence of AAP has also highlighted the limitations that transparency faces. Transparency is subjective. The anti-corruption movement from which AAP emerged was formed by people who had been using RTI as a tool to delve deep for information and unmask corruption. But they gradually realized that successive exposes of corruption had little significance without independent investigative and prosecuting agencies.

In 2005 when the RTI  Act was passed by the UPA government, it was deemed to be revolutionary, a law with the potential of bringing back power balance. Now the rise of AAP, is suggesting a rebalancing of power. AAP’s initiatives such as “I paid a bribe” precipitated popular mobilization against corruption.

A press release by AAP stated that “All government services and forms will be made available online and through mobile phones. Data on the government projects, performance, accounts and personnel will be made transparent and online. This will bring transparency and accountability in governance. AAP will scout for and implement projects based on the motto: “Big Change without Big Spending”

AAP, for the first time in India’s history of political parties, is transparent about its income and expenditure. Every rupee it receives is updated on its web site. AAP has pioneered one way of eliminating the source of graft by transparent sourcing and reporting contributions.

After coming to power AAP has been regularly updating its website and informing people about its meetings, policy decisions, funding, and other whereabouts. They have taken e-governance to a whole new level. They have also taken up interesting campaigns wherein they are installing bill boards on flyovers stating the expenditure that went into making of those flyovers.

An Anti corruption helpline was launched, encouraging citizens to report cases of corruption. This has resulted in several officials being caught. Importantly, there is increased deterrence amongst officials, which has brought about a decrease in the acts of corruption in the city.

The “VIP” culture, which is a legacy left to us by our colonial rulers, has been abolished. ‘lal batti’ cars and other privileges have been brought to a halt by the AAP govt.

20 liters of water has been made free for all homes in Delhi. Also, the schedule of water tanker operations is now publicly available for citizens to assess. The AAP also launched a helpline number for parents to report cases of bribery and harassment by schools regarding nursery admissions of children.

AAP has demonstrated that information can become a weapon for popular mobilization and create endless possibilities for deeper governance reform.

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  • Don’t know what steps u r talking abt but one very visible AAP effect is that now only 1 out of 10 autowaala are using meters.
    AAM ADMI ki toh pata nahi bt autowaalo ki sarkar toh bann gayi hai. :-@

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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, VOA
  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

Also Read: BJP Protests Outside Sisodia’s Residence, Demands Kejriwal’s Resignation

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS