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Swaraj India Campaign in Delhi
Swaraj India Campaign in Delhi

Elections in India

As India continues to be an underdeveloped country, it is observed that people who vote in Indian elections are mostly poor, uneducated, and ignorant who can easily be cheated with false promises of corrupt politicians.

As a result, illiterate politicians or those with serious criminal records (history-sheeters) get elected and act as dictators in a democracy. These politicians are supported by unskilled bureaucrats. People of India are almost dying under the misrule of such politicians and bureaucrats.

By Rakesh Raman

Now, a similar election is soon expected to take place in Delhi to elect members of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) – MCD election.

At present, three major parties Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Congress are in the field. However, now a new political outfit Swaraj India has also decided to try its luck.

As Swaraj India has started its selection process, it is inviting applications from the aspiring candidates who want to contest the MCD election. The party has formed a 6-member committee under the leadership of Anjali Bhardwaj to select the candidates.

The election for the 272-member civic body is expected to take place in April 2017.

Jawab Do, Hisab Do

Recently, Swaraj India had launched ‘Jawab Do, Hisab Do‘ – a month-long campaign in Delhi to demand accountability and answers from the government and its representatives.

The party had announced to cover 10 lakh (1 million) households of the national capital Delhi to understand the problems of the people and release its findings on 12th February at the Ramleela Maidan (a protest site).

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Swaraj India has not yet released any interim report on its planned door-to-door survey, its scope, and effect. The party has also not revealed its plans on how it will improve the living conditions in Delhi.

Today, Delhi has become a virtual hell for more than 20 million people who live in it, while Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has failed completely to manage the local affairs.

For example, today Delhi is the most polluted and perhaps the dirtiest city in the world. But Delhi government has not made any attempt to get the city cleaned. Plus, the people do not get drinking water in homes and electricity supply is erratic.

Similarly, the education standard in Delhi is in a deplorable state. But Kejriwal and others in his government have been telling blatant lies about the quality of school education which has actually gone from bad to worse.

Although Kejriwal won the election with the promise to weed out corruption from Delhi, the truth is that corruption is so rampant in almost every street of Delhi that Kejriwal and Delhi government have failed to check it.

Worse, Kejriwal’s own government is facing serious corruption charges. Last year, the lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung had set up an expert committee – called the Shunglu Committee – to examine over 400 files for financial and administrative irregularities committed by Kejriwal’s government.

While the Shunglu Committee had submitted its report in November last year, it is stated that the report has found serious cases of fraud, cheating, and misappropriation of funds in Kejriwal’s Delhi government.

Now, voters of Delhi are feeling cheated by Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). In an ongoing RMN Poll, a whopping 78% people say they are not satisfied with Kejriwal’s AAP government in Delhi.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

Photo courtesy: Swaraj India

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