7 promises Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party made to Delhi public to beat high-flying BJP; delivery ASAP

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New Delhi | Updated: February 20, 2015 4:18 PM

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has wrenched power in Delhi from under the nose of Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party...

Aam Aadmi Party, Aam Aadmi Party news, arvind kejriwal, arvind kejriwal news, aap party, aap newsWomen stand in a queue to meet Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) govt’s Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at the Janta Darbar, at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad on February 19th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has wrenched power in Delhi from under the nose of Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and this time, with absolute majority.

But promises are passe. Delhiites delivered the biggest-ever mandate, they want deliveries now. We take a look at 7 things in the pipeline that have to happen as soon as possible (ASAP):

1. Corruption-free government and promise of a clean polity.
Born from the famous India Against Corruption movement that became the reason for downfall of Congress party, this vow came with a guarantee card from the AAP.

2. Transparent governance
After the series of scams that involved hundreds of crores, Aam Aadmi Party promised to maintain a transparent fund/donation list online, which they also delivered as is clear from the Centre’s admission that an inquiry found nothing against the AAP. However, while people expect AAP government to be transparent, they also look at it to ensure that the other parties toe the line too –  a big ask indeed.

Aam Aadmi Party, Aam Aadmi Party news, arvind kejriwal, arvind kejriwal news, aap party, aap newsAam Aadmi Party (AAP) govt’s Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal arrives for the Janta Darbar, at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad on Feb 19th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

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3. End to VIP culture
The party’s chief Arvind Kejriwal has time and again promised to put an end to the VIP culture including in his CM oath ceremony speech. He said, “In developed countries, even PMs wait at bus stands. Why can’t the same happen here?” While common people do understand the needs and security issues, they have always been annoyed with uncalled vacations or luxuries ministers use at the cost of the taxes they pay. Kejriwal was caught in his last stint insisting on being given facilities that he had criticised the Congress for. People have commented adversely on the fact he has junked his Maruti for a niftier Toyota.

Aam Aadmi Party, Aam Aadmi Party news, arvind kejriwal, arvind kejriwal news, aap party, aap newsAam Aadmi Party (AAP) govt’s Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal arrives for the Janta Darbar, at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad on Feb 19th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.
Aam Aadmi Party, Aam Aadmi Party news, arvind kejriwal, arvind kejriwal news, bharatiya janata party, BJP newsOne of the major decisions the Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is likely to announce is supplying up to 700 litres of free water per day to each household which receives piped water supply. (PTI)

4. Cut in water bills
Water, which is a necessity, comes at a huge price to many who earn a meagre income. AAP knew this very well and promised to provide 700 kilolitres of free water to every household per month.

5. Electricity bill
A 50% percent cut in power bills.

6. Free WiFi
Another promise that really wooed the youth was the free WiFi. With a huge chunk of people having an access to smartphone, the concept of free internet was a sweet dish too tempting to resist, especially with a generation addicted to Facebook, Whatsapp and what not.

7. Statehood to Delhi
Blaming the Centre for not giving it control over law and order and linking it to the worsening law and order problem, AAP this time is again promising to get cracking on this problem and deliver safety 24/7 to public.

Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal, AAP, AAP Delhi governemtn, Delhi pollution, Delhi businessIn a major relief for street vendors and hawkers, Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP government has ordered civic bodies and police not to remove them if they have been doing their business for years at a particular place. (Reuters)

It should be noted AAP has not made clear on how it is going to achieve these promises – all of them are currently work-under-progress with the Delhi govt. Delhi will surely, not wait for another 5 years for things to change.

Aam Aadmi Party, Aam Aadmi Party news, arvind kejriwal, arvind kejriwal news, bharatiya janata party, aap party, aap news, aap in delhi, delhi election news, delhi poll resultsArvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) govt is caught between a rock and a hard place. Public has given him a huge mandate, virtually crowned him the king of Delhi, but he has to make good on his promises, the achieving of which will be almost a miracle – if he actually manages to deliver. (PTI Photo)

 

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