It was 14th February, Valentine’s Day, when love was in the air and on the same day Arvind Kejriwal took oath with an awesome mandate of 67 MLAs in a house of 70. However, which should be a prolonged honeymoon has turned out to be a troubled marriage as his government completes hundred days on Sunday. Since the party has come to power, they had gone through lots of turmoil. The trouble began when high profile faces of AAP like Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were thrown out of the party along with Professor Anand Kumar and Ilyas Azmi. Most of the disgruntled in AAP had problems with Kejriwal and his dictatorial style of functioning. Then, ‘Fake Degree’ controversies of some ministers have erupted. However, they are continuing and regularly attending their respective ministry. Now Aam Aadmi Party accused the central government of “Proxy attacker” and lying over granting full statehood to Delhi. Kejriwal’s spat with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung over administrative matters is one of the reasons. In wake of his ongoing public tussle with Lieutenant Governor Jung, Kejriwal has accused the BJP Government at the Centre of trying to govern Delhi through the backdoor. As dust settled on the party split and the defamation fiasco, Kejriwal took on Najeeb Jung, the Lt Governor of Delhi over the appointment of a bureaucrat, that too an acting chief secretary. The AAP had also accused Jung in its 49-days government last year.
Hundred days of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi and a year of the BJP-led government at the Centre both have some similarities and the first one is both are reeling under a huge burden of expectations. PM Modi will complete one year in office on May 26. Bharatiya Janata Party announced its grand plans to celebrate Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance’s first year in office. Narendra Modi will hold a rally on May 25 in Mathura, and on May 26, he will launch a channel for farmers. Two hundred big rallies and 5,000 jan sabhas are planned across the country to publicise government works. Besides Modi, all the central ministers, MPs will hold rallies all over the country to mark one year of government.
AAP and the BJP are celebrating their anniversaries with an open fight in Delhi for control over the bureaucracy. Does this fight really help BJP or the AAP? The only assembly election left in this calendar year is in Bihar and it can be held any time after September.
If we look at the achievements then, Delhi people are quite satisfied with ‘Aam Aadmi ki sarkar’, it brought about greater participation of the public and stakeholders in governance. Delhi Dialogues Commission was set up to fulfil its 70-point election manifesto.
Anti-corruption measure: Revives 1031 anti-corruption helpline receives 125,000 complaints; government claims to have reduced corruption. Fifty per cent subsidy in power bills for consumption of up to 400 units/month and 20,000 litres of free water per household per month, benefiting 1.8 mn families.
Popular sops: Services of contract staff not terminated; norms for e-rickshaw driver licences relaxed; Shramik Vikas Mission launched on May 1; auto-rickshaw fares to be revised from April 1 every year. Delhi Government to form its own education board, revamp Education Act; to set up 45 new schools in a year. Delhi Government distributes compensation of Rs. 50,000 per hectare to farmers affected by unseasonal rain. AAP is trying its level best to stand up to the expectations of Delhi voters.
On the other hand, many unexpected incidences drags AAP into controversies, such as Government at loggerheads with cash-strapped and BJP-controlled civic bodies; government threatens to dissolve East Delhi Corporation; civic amenities disrupted in several areas, farmer Gajendra Singh hangs himself at AAP’s protest rally against the Centre’s Land Bill. Union Home Ministry notification clips wings of Delhi’s anti-corruption branch to probe offences by central government officers. The Delhi government has called for a two-day emergency session of the Assembly to discuss the Centre’s notification giving absolute powers to the Lt-Governor in the appointment of bureaucrats. In short span of 100 days only Delhiites can judge Kejriwal’s Sarkar.
Meanwhile, one year of Modi’s government is much of a disappointment and less of fulfilling election promises. PM and his team have made a good beginning by initiating measures for good governance and development. However, the general perception among the middle class is that the delivery system does not keep pace with the promises made by PM last year. There are few examples which support statement like Clean Ganges plan, Returning of Black Money, Construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya and many more. Nothing could be seen happening here; rather BJP’s national president giving a statement to media saying Black Money was Election ‘Jumla’, a gimmick used for election campaign purpose. Besides some flaws, Modi has made it clear that his ideas regarding devolution of center’s powers to local governments. He said decentralization brings government closer to people. He wants administrative and technical empowerment of the local institutions to fight poverty by participating in planning and management of local development. He has initiated the financial inclusion program that aims to help provide a bank account for every household in the country, insurance and accident policy for all. His foreign outreach was aimed at industrialists and CEOs to contribute to the ‘Make in India’ program of his government. He has made efforts to engage with neighbours. He wants social justice and development of the poor as a part of national commitment. However, this entire year look like lip services by Modi. He failed to bring down inflation, dollars are going up whereas rupee is weakening, petrol and diesel prices are shooting up. Unemployment issue is on the rise. Plight of farmer and Jawans are still the same. There has been a rise in rape cases. Still, 365 days period is too less to judge a government. I am sure; Modiji will succeed with time and fulfill all the promises he made to people of this country.