An analysis of one year of AAP
GN Bureau | February 16, 2016
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has completed one year in office even as the garbage stinks across the capital along with fresh memories of the ink attack, CBI raid and odd-even scheme. It was a year of many ups and many downs with key poll promises yet to be fulfilled.
Promises yet to be fulfilled
The crisis moment AAP kicked out two of its very strong leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan over an internal rift in the party. The leaders claimed that the party was being run in an undemocratic way. On the other hand, the CM and his supporters accused Yadav and Bhushan of working against the party. Both leaders were manhandled and thrown out of the AAP’s national council meeting.
Jung vs Kejriwal
An ugly war, that seems unending, broke out between the Delhi LG Najeeb Jung and Kejriwal over the appointment of an acting chief secretary. The CM accused the LG of trying to render an elected government ineffective and asked him to work “within the confines” of the constitution. However, Kejriwal and Jung have been at loggerheads several times including the appointment of the chiefs of DCW and anti-corruption branch.
The sanitation workers of the municipal bodies went on strike for the second time in one year leaving the capital smelling foul and crippling the garbage disposal system. The government is currently under sharp criticism over the strike. However, Kejriwal blames that the BJP rules MCDs and that they are unable to pay the salaries to the sanitation workers. He even demanded a CBI probe into the matter and offered a loan of '551 crore to the MCD. His proposal to dissolve the MCD and conduct fresh elections was seen as building a strategy to take MCD under AAP’s control rather proposing a solution to the crisis.
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