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