AAP EVM row: : Arvind Kejriwal diverting public attention from governance-failure, corruption, says Ajay Maken

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New Delhi | Published: May 9, 2017 9:06 PM

Kejriwal didn't discuss, "CM taking bribe, dengue on rise, water and power shortage, Metro fare hike by 66 per cent". Maken said that "none (were) discussed in Assembly”.

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Congress Delhi Unit chief Ajay Maken today reprimanded Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for running away from issues which actually concerned the citizens of Delhi in the Special Assembly session and sticking to its EVM tampering conspiracy debate, “When AAP called Special Assembly Session, we expected corruption charges against the CM and problems faced by people of Delhi be discussed,” Maken tweeted. He said in his tweet that by raising these issues Kejriwal was trying to divert public attention from both governance-failure and corruption.

“All doubts regarding EVM can be put before ECI on 12th May,” said Maken. Election Commission of India (ECI) had recently issued a statement stating that in the May 12 meeting, all issues relating to EVMs, change the way recount of votes would be done using paper trail data, making bribery in elections a cognisable offence and candidates’ disqualification who are charge-sheeted for electoral bribery would be discussed.

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But Kejriwal still chose to discuss the matter today. According to Maken, he was diverting himself from discussing main issues like “CM taking bribe, dengue on rise, water and power shortage, Metro fare hike by 66 per cent”. Maken said that “none (were) discussed in Assembly”.

Additionally, also Maken said in the tweet, that “EVM be tested before EC! AAP lost deposit in Rajouri ByElection where VVPAT plus paper-trail was used. VVPAT should be implemented asap.”

In a recent interview with Indian Express Maken had said that Congress in concentrating on being a strong opposition and preparing for the next general elections at the moment. Maken in his first meeting with councillors and party workers who were newly elected, discussed that the Congress will continue to oppose the Delhi government on its policies and programmes. He had said, “People have recognised our efforts and just as our vote share dropped gradually, it will increase gradually. It went from 40 per cent in 2008 to 15 per cent in 2013 to 9 per cent in 2015.”

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