Kejriwal’s 2-year rule in Delhi – Mostly Noise, Little Action
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government, which will complete its two years on February 14, seems to have wasted most of its valuable time in its tussle with the Union government as per an Indian Express analysis.
Infrastructure Implementation hit roadblocks as various projects and proposals were stuck due to Kejriwal’s animosity towards the former Liutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung, the administrator of the capital. Now with Delhi having a new LG in Anil Baijal, it would again be a challenge for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to balance relationship with him.
However, if ground realities are compared with promises in the party’s election manifesto, the Arvind Kejriwal government has performed well in a few departments. However, of the top five promises, the government has delivered only on one during these 700 days. Though promises such as Delhi Janlokpal Bill and CAG audit of power discoms have moved out of the secretariat and stuck at other places, full statehood, own power station, revival of the Yamuna etc. have seen zero ground work.
Also, during this tenure, Delhi Police arrested 11 MLAs and three ministers, including Somnath Bharti, Jitender Singh Tomar and Sandeep Kumar, and they were thrown out of the cabinet. It became a major embarrassment for the government.
The AAP’s major vote bank—lower middle class and people living in slums—are happy with the government as Kejriwal has provide them subsidy on water and electricity. The government also was able to publicise its mohalla clinics well.