Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in the run upto the assembly elections promised a complete revamp and sold his vision of Delhi as a World Class city and his 70-point actionplan. Kejriwal also made many tall promises, like he did in the 2013 Delhi Assembly Elections and seems had no time pondering over them.
Free water, electricity rates being halved, free wi-fi are some of the big promises the ‘Aam Aadmi in Muffler’ made. Little did the Delhiites realise that it was nothing but a repeat of ‘Pied Piper of Hamlin’. Only hours after AAP got the historic mandate in Delhi Assembly Elections, there were several announcements which made one feel like, ‘Is it a repeat of what happened a year ago?’
Yes, it may sound weird to test the government which has not even spent a week in office but then who had promised it all? Senior AAP leaders including Sanjay Singh, Yogendra Yadav and Manish Sisodia had given statements that are bigger u-turns than those allegedly taken by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Narendra Modi in the Centre.
As AAP ideologue Yogendra Yadav says, in a democracy there is a gap between “what you say and what people hear”. We bring to you the five U-turns by Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP party leaders in last five days.
1. Electricity rates to be halved
During the Delhi Assembly Polls 2015 campaign, AAP leader-founder said that the electricity rates will be halved when they come to power. However in reality, senior leader Ashutosh said “I just want to make a request to the Prime Minister on behalf of the party that he should help us to make electricity affordable and cheaper because that will do lot of good to the people of Delhi.”
2. Free wi-fi
The biggest u-turn came in the form of free wi-fi being free wi-fi for only first 30 minutes. Even during that period there will be no access to YouTube, Facebook or your e-mail services if you connect to the so-called free wi-fi by Delhi government. Only government websites and other public services websites is what you’ll be able to access. Beyond the free 30 minutes you will have to shell out money from your pocket. What is not clear is will the consumer get 30 minutes free every day or is it just one time free usgae.
3. 500 schools to be built and lands available
In the electoral campaigns, Arvind Kejriwal said as many as 500 schools will be built in Delhi. The land required for the same will be taken care of. Kejriwal had said the land for the same will be given by villagers and farmers as donation. However, the U-turn here took place when Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia after meeting Modi said if the Central government helps us meeting the land needs, we will built them.
4. Media then and now!
The party which was craving to have transparency in government’s working and policies has now banned media in the Delhi Secretariat. Facing tough questions from media, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia chose to run away, the same way Kejriwal did an year ago from a Janta Darbar’. Will media’s entry ban is what AAP promised?
5. 10,00,000 to 15,00,000 CCTV Cameras
We may as well say it again that it maybe too early to judge a government’s performance in office. However, the intent and the accountability are the factors that one looks upto. The dramatical 49-day government is well etched in public’s memory and maybe not too faraway but the overwhelming support in the assembly elections may give Kejriwal no excuse to run away this time.
Will Delhities who pressed the broom button on February 7 will end up with one by the end of this year? Watch this as space as we keep you update with the second stint of Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi!