Why Arvind Kejriwal Wants to Run Away from Delhi

Swaraj India Campaign in Delhi
Swaraj India Campaign in Delhi

After the humiliating rejection in Delhi by the people and the court, Arvind Kejriwal has decided to run away from Delhi and try his luck in the upcoming Punjab election.

By Rakesh Raman

The Punjab election is only an excuse that the chief minister (CM) of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal is using these days to stay away from Delhi and spend most of his time in Punjab.

The truth is that most people of Delhi have already rejected him because of his repeated failures to handle the local administration. Moreover, he has been relegated to a mere figurehead role after a court order which has decreed that the lieutenant governor is the administrative head of Delhi.

After this humiliating rejection by the people and the court, Kejriwal has decided to run away from Delhi and try his luck in the upcoming Punjab election.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi – who was campaigning in Punjab – said Friday that Kejriwal wants to run away from Delhi because he has not done any work for the people of Delhi after becoming the CM.

Earlier, social activist Anna Hazare had told Kejriwal that he has betrayed him and the people who supported him. And that is true.

Today, Delhi is crying like an abandoned child. Kejriwal has completely neglected it. As a result, Delhi has become a virtual hell for more than 20 million people who live in it.

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.

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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 given below, a whopping 78% people say they are not satisfied with Kejriwal’s AAP government in Delhi.

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Jawab Do, Hisab Do

Seeing the defiant attitude of government in Delhi, a new group Swaraj India says it has launched the ‘Jawab Do, Hisab Do‘ campaign.

In this month-long campaign, the party says, the common man of Delhi will demand accountability and answers from the government and its representatives.

The party has planned to cover 10 lakh (1 million) household of the national capital Delhi. The team of party volunteers will establish a dialogue and connect with the common people in Delhi.

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The campaign aims to understand their core issues and work towards addressing them in a positive and meaningful way, said the party.

The campaign – which aims to analyze the real issues in a scientific data-based manner – will culminate on 12th February at the historic Ramleela Maidan (a protest site), where the party will present the real state of affairs of Delhi.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and social scientist. You also can visit the REAL VOTER – Politics in India Information Center that he manages.

Photo courtesy: Swaraj India

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