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One Year of Kejriwal Government: Headway and Hiccups

It's been exactly one year since Arvind Kejriwal's avant-garde, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), clinched a historic victory in the Delhi assembly elections. In its first electoral appearance in the 2013 Delhi elections, the AAP made an impressive debut by winning 28 seats and emerging as the second-largest party. Since no party could secure majority, the AAP formed a minority government with conditional support from the Congress which had eight seats in its tally. This government resigned soon after failing to enact the Jan Lokpal bill which had been an important electoral plank.

Arvind Kejriwal faced a lot of flak for resigning from chief ministership within 49 days of coming to power. Nevertheless, to the man's credit, he succeeded in getting voted back to power, this time with a resounding majority of 67 out of 70 assembly seats, through vigorous campaigning and big promises. This win was a major setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party who had to face defeat in the hands of the new and inexperienced AAP, despite having got majority in the parliamentary elections just a few months before. Before Coming to Power
The AAP had made a lot of promises to Delhi residents before coming to power. Delhiites reposed their faith in the party and Kejriwal by awarding them a huge victory in the 2015 elections. Even so, it has been by no means a smooth ride for the party post elections.

Here's a brief report on the Arvind Kejriwal government as it completes an eventful one year in office.

The Journey So Far

Subsidies Galore
Kejriwal kick-started his tenure by sanctioning 50 per cent subsidy on up to 400 units of monthly power usage and 20,000 litres of free water every month to all households with metered connections. With this move, the Kejriwal government fulfilled an ambitious electoral promise and won the confidence of Delhiites instantly. However, this step came in for severe criticism from the opposition as well as economists who declared that it would spell disaster for Delhi's exchequer. Even so, the Kejriwal government claims that there has been increase in tax collections. It has also announced that the 50 per cent subsidy on electricity consumption, which was initially limited to one year, is likely to be extended after the CAG completes its audit of discoms.

Celebrating 100 Days of Government
Kejriwal organised a mega event in May 2015 to showcase his government’s achievements within 100 days of coming to power. Some of the achievements, as listed by the chief minister, were providing free power and water, beginning the process of regularising unauthorised colonies, unveiling an anti-corruption helpline, banning demolition of jhuggis and providing licences to e-rickshaws.

Regular Run-ins With the Centre
An overriding feature of the Kejriwal government has been its regular run-ins with the central government. The first of its series of confrontations came to the fore when Kejriwal had an ugly spat with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung over the chief secretary's appointment. Kejriwal alleged that the LG was trying to dismantle an elected government on the Centre's directive. He also contended that the BJP was miffed at losing elections in the capital and therefore, going all out to destabilise a democratically elected government.

Kejriwal had his next run-in with Delhi Police chief B.S. Bassi. Commenting on the poor functioning of the Delhi Police, Kejriwal maintained that it should be brought under the control of Delhi government. Relations between the two soured further when one of Kejriwal's ministers, Somnath Bharti, was chased by as many as 50 officers and eight police teams following allegations of domestic violence against him by his wife.

Kejriwal took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi next when the CBI conducted a raid on his principal secretary’s office. He accused Modi of seeking vengeance for losing in Delhi elections and the CBI raid as a ploy to intimidate the AAP government. An unrelenting Kejriwal hit back at the Centre with allegation of corruption against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in DDCA. He found a supporter in BJP MP Kirti Azad, who produced proof to back Kejriwal’s claim. Azad was eventually suspended from his party. It must be recalled that Kejriwal had earlier faced a jail term for failing to prove his allegations against BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.

Without doubt, the AAP-led Delhi government has had its share of controversies which made headlines from time to time. This first happened when an internal rift within the party was exposed and two prominent leaders, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, were expelled. While Yadav said that the AAP was functioning in an undemocratic way, Kejriwal argued that the two had been working against the party. This incident put a big question mark on the party's functioning and damaged its reputation to some extent.

The party was mired in controversy again following a farmer's suicide at its rally. Kejriwal, later, expressed regret and admitted that his party should have stopped the rally after the farmer, Gajendra Singh’s suicide.

To add to this, the party has also been embarrassed by its own ministers Jitender Singh Tomar and Somnath Bharti. While Tomar was arrested over a fake degree row, Somnath Bharti was found guilty of domestic violence.

On the eve of completing its first year in office, the government is finding itself under mounting pressure. Resignation is now being also sought of its Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain whose staff member has been found asking for bribe in a sting video. The AAP minister has, though, denied this allegation.

Is It Odd or Even?
In order to curb increasing pollution in the city, the Kejriwal government implemented the odd-even car rationing scheme for 15 days. This idea caught the imagination of not just Delhiites but even other parts of the country. Critics slammed this step as marginally effective in curbing pollution. Nonetheless, it got everyone talking about how to check pollution in the city. Claiming success of the odd-even formula, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that this scheme will be implemented again from April 15, 2016 once the board exams get over and on the first 15 days of every month May, 2016 onwards.

The Politics of Garbage
Even as the Kejriwal government nears the completion of one year, it has been beset with a mammoth challenge as striking MCD workers have littered garbage across the city in protest against non-payment of their salaries. Kejriwal's government has contended that the BJP-led civic bodies have diverted funds allocated for salaries to other places. As a solution to this mounting crisis, Kejriwal has called for bringing the MCD under Delhi government's control. No resolution to this deadlock has taken place as of yet.

Long Road Ahead and Promises to Keep

The Kejriwal government has still four more years ahead to prove itself. Nevertheless, there are huge expectations from this government. After giving a historic mandate to this party which rode on the anti-corruption plank, the public mood seems mixed at the moment. Evidently, the voter is apprehensive yet willing to stand by and cooperate as the Aam Aadmi Party takes baby steps in governance and administration. The Kejriwal government may have won the people's confidence by giving subsidies, setting up mohalla clinics and taking suggestions through mohalla sabhas, but there are many poll promises yet to be fulfilled, few of them being making Wi-Fi available for free all over Delhi, filling 55,000 vacancies in government departments, installing over 10 lakh CCTV cameras, enacting the Swaraj Bill, transformation of Delhi into a solar city, building schools and colleges, making the capital drug-free and regularisation of fees of private schools. Generating finance for all these projects will be the biggest challenge for AAP as it steps into the second year.

Perhaps, the party needs to temper its radical approach with dollops of realism before the Delhi voter becomes disillusioned with it.

Track Day wise Work Report

Day 361

February 11 : Arvind Kejriwal announced that the odd-even car rationing scheme is set to return in Delhi on April 15 this year after the board exams get over. The scheme allows cars with odd-numbered plates to ply on odd-numbered dates and even-numbered ones on other days. Kejriwal said that out of the huge number of responses received via phone lines, emails and jan sabhas, 81 % were found to be in favour of the experiment.

Although majority of the people are against exemptions to judges and VIPs, Kejriwal said that he hoped they would follow the rules on their own. Women drivers and two-wheelers have been exempted from this restriction this time as well.

The chief minister said that the odd-even scheme will be implemented on the first 15 days of every month starting May, 2016.

Day 360

February 10: The Delhi government ruled that trucks coming from outside the capital will now be allowed to enter Delhi from 11 PM onwards only and not 9:30 PM. The government has also made “idle parking” of goods vehicles impermissible on roads notified by the transport department. The government has taken this step for the safety and convenience of its people. It is estimated that about 50,000 trucks enter the national capital every day and contribute to the rising pollution levels in the city.


Water minister Kapil Mishra said that his department has completed the procurement of 250 tankers with GPS system. According to Mishra, this will relieve Delhi residents of the problem of water scarcity in the summer months.


Transport minister Gopal Rai said that Delhi would have an improved public transport system by the end of 2016. He said that Wi-Fi, CCTV cameras, premium buses, e-ticketing machines and common travel card for DTC buses and Delhi Metro were some of the initiatives the AAP government was planning to start by the end of this year.


Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is most likely to launch a new version of the odd-even scheme very soon. In this version, women car drivers are likely to lose exemption. Exemption on two-wheelers is likely to continue as the government does not want to burden the already overloaded public transport system.

Day 359

February 9: Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken levelled corruption allegations against Imran Hussain, the environment minister in the Kejriwal government. Released a sting video on Tuesday, Maken claimed that the audio clip has captured conversations between the Minister's brother, Furkan Hussain, and an office person asking for money. Maken demanded suspension of the minister and said that he will send the clip to Arvind Kejriwal and the CBI.

As the Kejriwal government completes one year in power on 14 February, the Chief Minister and his cabinet ministers will present their report card before the people at a public function. Kejriwal announced this development over a tweet. He said that the Cabinet will take questions and suggestions from people over hone as well between 11 am and 1 pm on 14 February.

Day 358

February 8 : The Delhi government will process and analyse over 11 lakh responses to its odd-even car rationing scheme which it had sought through a dedicated website besides phone lines, email and jan sabhas over the last couple of days. It will take these responses into consideration before implementing the second phase of odd-even car scheme later this year.


Day 357

February 7: Following allegations by the father of the deceased student of Ryan International School, that his son was sexually assaulted and then murdered, the Delhi government said that it will recommend a CBI probe into the incident.

The AAP-led Delhi government announced that the 50 per cent subsidy on monthly electricity consumption of up to 400 units which was initially limited to one year is likely to be extended.

Day 356

February 6 : The Delhi government is taking measures for commercialisation of DTC properties. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has given approval for changing its depots into multilevel parking lots to make scope for commercial activity. Work on the pilot project at Seemapuri Depot has been assigned to the Public Works Department (PWD).


Deputy chief minister of Delhi government, Manish Sisodia pressed for increasing Delhi's share of central taxes at a pre-budget consultations with the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley. While presenting the Delhi government's suggestions, Sisodia said that Delhi deserved a minimum of Rs. 5,000 crore from central taxes every year. He also pitched for a package of Rs. 4,000 crores to tackle air pollution and improve public transport in the city. He further added that Delhi should get at least Rs. 2,000 crore as Basic and Performance Grants for municipal bodies to resolve its financial crisis.


Day 355

February 5: The Delhi government will gather public opinion on the second phase of odd-even cars scheme by reaching out to over 10 lakh residents of the city through 'automated calls' besides a phone line and email address. This decision will be followed by 'jan sabhas' which will be organised by AAP MLAs across Delhi to seek suggestions from the people on odd-even scheme's implementation.


Day 354

February 4: Sensing a conspiracy by the BJP, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday that the ruling party was provoking the sanitation workers of Municipal Corporation of Delhi to continue to be on strike. Kejriwal claimed that the Narendra Modi government "wants to impose President's Rule in Delhi just like Arunachal Pradesh”. He also added that his government does not owe any money to civic agencies in Delhi.

In a setback to the AAP government, the Delhi High Court decided to stay the order scrapping management quota for nursery admissions in private schools. The court stated that the decision was taken “without the authority of law”.


Day 353

February 3: In a sign of progress in the defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley against the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, three people recorded their statements on Wednesday as complainant witnesses before a court. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal recorded the statement of treasurer of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), Ravinder Manchanda, advocate Ved Prakash Sharma, and Rajnish Kumar Singh – the Deputy Registrar for Registrars of Companies (ROC).

The AAP government called for brining Delhi Development Authority (DDA) under the administrative purview of Delhi. The party also said that it will accept BJP's demand of implementing the 4th Finance Commission recommendations only if DDA is brought under the Delhi government.


Day 352

February 02 : The Delhi government will undertake strict monitoring in the city as part of its precautionary measures against the Zika virus which is spread through mosquitoes. Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that the government has also made preparations so that dengue does not become an epidemic like it did last year.

The Delhi government's health department has issued an order asking doctors of government hospitals to specify the quantity of work done by them in order to study their output and optimise manpower.

The Delhi government has set up a State Advisory Council to give suggestions for effective enforcement of the Right to Education Act, 2009. This council will be headed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and include six ex-officio members besides eight nominated members.


Day 351

February 1: The Delhi government will request Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to ask the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to pay municipal corporations their due of Rs. 1,575 crore. It has passed a cabinet resolution to that effect. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that as the chairman of DDA, it was the responsibility of the Lieutenant Governor to get funds for the MCDs from DDA to resolve the crisis. Sisodia said that the DDA owed Rs. 808 crore to the north MCD, Rs. 593 crore to the south MCD and Rs. 353 crore to the east MCD in taxes.

The Delhi government has started a website,, and issued a telephone number through which residents of Delhi can provide suggestions for the odd-even car rationing system. Delhiites can give a missed call on 09595561561 and follow the instructions provided by Interactive Voice Response on the second phase of car-rationing scheme.

Day 350

January 31: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal demanded abolition of Rule 8 of Motor Vehicles Act on Sunday. According to the rule, it is mandatory to have Class 8 certificate if someone wants to obtain an auto driving license in Karnataka. Taking a dig at the Karnataka government for such a mandate, he said that no one keeps the class 8 certificate these days. Kejriwal is in state for the naturopathy treatment.


Day 349

January 30: Attacking the BJP for the ongoing protest of the sanitation workers of the three municipal bodies in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal said that the party is dumping garbage everywhere in the city. The Chief Minister also said that the AAP government is cleaning the garbage and urged people and both the BJP and the Congress party to help the government in its efforts to clean the garbage.

While the Delhi Government deployed hundreds of PWD workers to lift garbage from across Delhi on Saturday, BJP held a demonstration in the city in support of the workers of civic bodies who are on indefinite strike against non-payment of salaries. They even burnt an effigy of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly not releasing municipal funds. Over 7,000 doctors and 10,000 nurses of hospitals, which are run by the municipal corporations, also went on indefinite strike as they demanded their salary and arrears.


Day 348

January 29: The Delhi government said that it will draw up a plan soon to manage and dispose the growing litter in the capital. Since Delhi municipal corporation’s sanitation workers are on strike, there is no one to lift the waste at present. The government said that it won't let citizens suffer because of the strike which entered its third day. According to sources, the AAP government is likely to rope in party volunteers to clear the garbage. A helpline may also be launched for this purpose.

The Delhi government will hold meetings in all 70 constituencies of the capital to get public opinion on the odd-even rule before implementing its second phase. This was decided at a meeting headed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and attended by key government officials.

Day 347

January 28: The Delhi  government slammed the BJP-ruled municipal corporations for not paying salaries to employees of the three municipal bodies. While the municipal bodies say that they have not received any funds, the Delhi government claims that  it had released funds but they have been diverted for other purposes. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia held the BJP responsible for failing to manage the affairs of Delhi's municipal corporations. Sisodia also slammed what he called the BJP's 'garbage politics', for instigating striking safai karamcharis to throw garbage in front of his house and office. Sisodia demanded immediate dissolution of the civic bodies and holding of fresh elections. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is undergoing treatment in Bengaluru, tweeted in support of Sisodia.


Day 335 - 346

January 27 : Arvind Kejriwal left for Bengaluru to go through treatment for diabetes and chronic cough. The Delhi chief minister will spend about one week in the Karnataka capital at a popular naturopathy centre located in its outskirts. Kejriwal had undergone treatment here last year as well.

January 26: In order to promote online governance, the Delhi government will start accepting RTI applications online within the next few months. The government is also likely to set up e-Mandis soon to make sale and purchase of agricultural produce more transparent.

January 25 : Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that jan sabhas or public meetings will be held across Delhi to gather public opinion on the recently concluded odd-even scheme. Kejriwal said that the odd-even scheme will be implemented as and when people want to.

January 24: In order to strengthen public transport infrastructure in Delhi, the Delhi government has come up with a 20-point agenda for the current year. This includes installation of CCTV cameras, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), e-ticketing machines in buses and common mobility card.

Transport Minister Gopal Rai will unveil the government’s 20-point agenda early next week. The Delhi government wants to make public transport infrastructure fully viable before implementing the odd-even scheme again in future.

The Kejriwal government also unveiled a scheme to make sports coaching accessible to all school students. It will rope in private sports academies, clubs and trainers for this purpose.


January 23: Transport Minister Gopal Rai announced that the Delhi government will add 3,000 buses to its fleet. These will include 1,000 premium buses to cater to affluent passengers. The premium bus service is expected to roll out from October this year. It will include facilities like online booking, WiFi, marshals, water, magazines and no standing passengers. The fares will be higher than the normal DTC bus rates.

January 22: The Delhi government observed its fourth car-free day in North Delhi this time. The 'car-free day' initiative is part of its aim to curb increasing air pollution in the city.

The government also launched mobile app 'm-Seva' to enable consumers to pay their water bills online. With the help of this android-based mobile app, consumers can also check their water consumption and get previous bills.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal declared that the Delhi Jal Board's revenue had increased in 2015 in spite of consumers with metered connections getting 20,000 litres of water free every month.

The Delhi government has extended the deadline for applications to nursery admission under the EWS (economically weaker section) category till February 5.

January 21: The Kejriwal government has appointed a committee to audit the accounts of all three municipal corporations of Delhi. This committee will submit its report within seven days. The committee will be headed by Revenue Secretary and Divisional Commissioner A. Anbarasu. This step has been taken in response to the growing unrest among municipal employees, teachers and nurses. The committee will review the financial condition of the municipal bodies and take stock of the grants to be released under various heads.

January 20: The Delhi government has directed government schools to suspend all primary classes due to chilly weather conditions in the national capital. It has directed government schools to start an hour later than their usual time. Private schools have been asked to change their timings on their own.

The Kejriwal government has allotted Rs. 526.74 crore for information and publicity which, it has claimed before the Delhi High Court, is the upper limit to be spent for that purpose. It has also submitted to the Central Information Commission that no advertising agency had been hired to do its publicity work.

January 19: Health Minister Satyendra Jain announced that the bed capacity of government hospitals would be increased soon. Jain declared that a many as 10,000 new beds will be added to the existing ones by December 31, 2017. There are plans afoot to build 1000 mohalla clinics and 150 polyclinics to serve the residents of Delhi.

January 18: The Delhi government announced that the 5.8 km long BRT corridor connecting Lajpat Nagar Metro Station and Ambedkar Nagar would be demolished January 19 onwards. The BRT project has  faced a lot of criticism from daily commuters as well as transport experts. It was implemented by the Sheila Dixit-led Congress government in 2008 at a cost of Rs. 180 crore.

January 17: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thanked the people of Delhi for supporting his government's odd-even scheme. He said that the scheme was a grand success and that the experiment saw nearly 100% participation by Delhi's citizens. Kejriwal said that the scheme will be implemented again in future with necessary precautions and changes. During the 'thanksgiving' function, Bhavna Arora, member of AAP splinter group Aam Aadmi Sena, threw ink at the chief minister.

January 16: The Delhi government appointed Justice Umanath Singh as the chairperson of Delhi's first State Human Rights Commission. Justice Umanath Singh is the retired chief justice of Meghalaya High Court. The Supreme Court had asked the Delhi government to create a State Human Rights Commission within six months. The selection committee for appointing Delhi SHRC chairperson comprised the chief minister, home minister, speaker of the assembly and leader of the opposition. The selection committee also confirmed social activist Raj Mangal Prasad as a member of the commission.



Day 334

January 15: After the end of the first phase of the odd-even scheme on Friday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged people to continue the scheme voluntarily and said that the government will launch the scheme in an “improved form”. He also thanked people and Delhi Police for cooperating in the implementation of the scheme.

Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Friday about a possibility of a CBI raid at the office of Manish Sisodia or Satyendra Jain. He quoted PMO sources saying that the investigative agency would soon conduct the raid on the direction of Centre.

The AAP government slammed the Municipal Corporations of Delhi for splurging on advertisements and not utilising the money for disbursing salaries to "starving" employees. AAP leader Dilip Pandey said that MCD claims to have no money to pay salary to the staff and yet it spends crores on ads for propaganda.


Day 333

January 14: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal met the families of the security personnel and a taxi driver who were gunned downed by terrorists during the Pathankot attack. He visited the families on Wednesday and announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh for each family. Kejriwal also held a meeting with the families of Havildar Kulwant Singh, Honorary Capt Fateh Singh and Ikagar Singh.

Day 201 - 300

December 9: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured full support to Delhi government on implementing its odd-even scheme for plying of private vehicles in the city from 1 January. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that his meeting with the Home Minister was very positive and he has got assurance of full support of Delhi Police as well.

December 5: Describing the odd-even scheme as a drastic step that had to be taken to address the panic over pollution, Kejriwal said that it will be tried out for limited period of time and it will be stopped problems surface. He further said that Delhi’s roads will be vacuum-cleaned starting 1 April 2016.

December 2: Delhi CM offered “fullest support” to people in Chennai after an unprecedented downpour created a flood-like situation. Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa offering all resources at the disposal of the Delhi government to the flood-affected state.

December 1: The AAP government passed a bunch of bills to bring major reforms in education system of Delhi. The Delhi School Education ( Amendment) Bill 2015 and The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill are among the ones passed.

November 28: The AAP government approved the proposal for a hike in salary and allowances of MLAs at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In October, an independent panel appointed by the Delhi government had recommended over 400% increase in their basic salary.

November 23: The BJP government at the Centre allotted Rs. 3,250 crore for decongesting and developing the national capital. After allotting an additional Rs. 96.7 crore for making Delhi cleaner, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu praised Arvind Kejriwal for roping in three municipal bodies in Delhi for the week-long cleanliness drive.

November 23: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party is not in the race for 2019 elections. Calling the Delhi win 'miraculous', Kejriwal said that the party is not here for power politics and it will keep working hard and with honesty.

November 18: The Cabinet of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cleared the Jan Lokpal Bill that meets the long-standing demand of the chief minister coming under the purview of the ombudsman. The Bill will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly for approval.

November 13: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has launched a complaint against Delhi Police for not cooperating with the AAP government. In a letter sent to the MHA on 7 November, the Delhi government alleged that the police are “hounding” AAP MLAs by digging up old cases and slapping new ones against them.

November 7: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the result of Bihar elections was a referendum against the Narendra Modi government. The people's verdict, according to AAP Chief, “has broken the Centre's arrogance”.

November 5: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered a probe against Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief MK Meena for allegedly intimidating his juniors in office. The probe will be based on the reports of misconduct or misbehaviour against Mukesh Meena.

October 30: Arvind Kejriwal wrote an open letter in a national daily absolving his party of any responsibility for the garbage crisis in the wake of ongoing strike of municipal workers in the Delhi. The Delhi CM clarified that MCD workers are not on strike because of non-payment of dues.

October 29: Arvind Kejriwal rallied in support of Nitish Kumar as Bihar was gearing up for the third phase of Assembly polls. He appealed to the people of Bihar to vote the incumbent Chief Minister to power. Kejriwal had publicly backed Kumar’s candidature since the beginning of the elections campaign.

October 28: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemned the Delhi Police's "raid" at Kerala Bhavan after a complaint was lodged that its canteen was serving beef. Stating that Kerala house is a government establishment, he added that the raid was an attack on federal structure.

October 22: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led a cycle rally to mark the first ever 'Car-Free Day' in Delhi. Hundreds of people joined him in the cycle rally, which was held between Red Fort and Bhagwan Das Marg.

October 17: After the ghastly incident of three rapes within a week, Kejriwal reiterated his demand for full authority over the police department. Besides shaming the repeated rape of minors, he also criticized the Delhi Police for completely failing to provide safety.

October 15: The AAP government extended "full support" to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan after it announced its decision to launch a major drive on 21st and 22nd November to clean up Delhi of "all garbage and debris"

October 9: Delhi CM sacked environment and food minister Asim Ahmed Khan for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs. 6 lakh from a builder. Emphasizing AAP's zero-tolerance policy towards corruption, Kejriwal dared the BJP to sack its leaders – Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia and Madhya Pradesh's Shivraj Singh Chouhan – on corruption charges.

September 30: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s efforts to bring all the CMs of the states together for a meeting to build a pressure group against PM Modi didn't yield a positive response. The CMs of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar intimated they would be unable to attend the function. Kejriwal was counting on non-BJP and non-Congress chief ministers to make the conclave a success.

September 27: Arvind Kejriwal took at dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project ‘Make in India’ by asserting that the focus should be on ‘Making India' rather than 'Make in India'. He argued that the Centre should concentrate on “providing proper infrastructure, rendering honest services and ensuring a conducive atmosphere for making India.

September 26: Although Kejriwal has been locked in a tussle with Governor Najeeb Jung over several issues since AAP government came to power, the Delhi CM rallied in his support when BJP called for his removal. Describing him as a 'good man”, he added that removing Jung will not help sand the real solution lies in PMO not interfering in Delhi's affairs.

September 25: After the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) announced its decision to keep the power tariff at the prevailing level for domestic consumers, AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal attributed this development to “honest politics” of the party. The AAP-led Delhi government had urged DERC to reduce the tariff or keep it at existing levels, till an audit of the discoms is finalised.

September 23: Delhi chief minister described his former law minister Somnath Bharti as an “embarrassment” to his party, AAP. He added that Bharti should surrender in a case of domestic violence and attempt to murder filed by his wife. On the contrary, other senior AAP leaders had shown solidarity with Bharti.

100 Days of Kejriwal (AAP) Government Achievements

On 24 May 2015, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government completed 100 days in office in Delhi and now, all stakeholders want to look back and review what was promised in the Election Manifesto and what has been achieved till date by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government.

The last 100 days were hectic and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continued to remain in news, though not always for the best reasons. His time in office has been mostly spent fighting one controversy after the other. Immediately after taking over as the Chief Minister, 47-year-old Arvind Kejriwal took on party colleagues Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav in full view of the media. Arvind Kejriwal’s handling of internal dissent reflected poorly on his ability to work alongside people with divergent and sometimes dissenting views, when actually politics is all about bringing people together through accommodation and consensus.

With an overactive media critically scrutinising his and his party’s every move, Arvind Kejriwal stoked yet another controversy when he issued a circular asking his bureaucrats to report any case of misreporting or defamation by any section of the media. He went on to the extent of threatening the media with legal action. This move only resulted in further antagonising of the already critical media and it took the Supreme Court to intervene by placing a stay on the implementation of the order.

This ugly spat had barely moved out of media glare when another controversy broke out with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung appointing Shakuntala Gamlin as an acting Chief Secretary in the absence of Chief Secretary KK Sharma, who was on a 10-day leave. Rather than addressing the tricky issue with tact, he responded by issuing a notification cancelling Shakuntala Gamlin’s appointment. This caused an unnecessary debate on constitutional rights between the Lieutenant Governor’s office and the Chief Minister’s office, with the matter reaching the President’s office.

On its part, the MHA clarified that as per the existing rules, the LG was entitled to make the appointment; however, the MHA left it to the offices to amicably settle the matter. But CM Kejriwal refused to let it rest. He has now further hardened his position and called on for a two-day special session of the Delhi Assembly and may pass a resolution demanding full statehood. Caught up in the ugly fight for one-upmanship are the bureaucrats serving the Delhi government, whose morale is at an all-time low.

In all this, the people of Delhi continue to live through the searing heat of Delhi’s summer, waiting for signs of better quality of life that they hoped Arvind Kejriwal would provide.

Poll Manifesto Promises fulfilled by AAP

Controversy aside, there are several positive steps that Arvind Kejriwal has taken after becoming the Chief Minister. Here are some of the promises on which he has delivered, while many still await action.
  • Power Subsidy

    In the Poll Manifesto, the AAP had promised to halve power tariffs for consumers in Delhi. To his credit, one of the first actions Arvind Kejriwal undertook was to announce 50% reduction in power tariff. On the other side, not much action has been announced on how he plans to make up this shortfall.

    The manifesto also spoke about Delhi meeting 20% of its power needs through solar energy in the next 10 years. That translates to about 2% per year starting this year. However, 100 days have gone by and not much concerted action or investment in this regard has been seen.

    With Delhi succumbing under scorching heat, not much has been done towards working with discoms to ensure optimum power procurement and distribution. A new power plant for Delhi was promised but not much has been done towards allocating funds, nor has any action been taken towards land acquisition. The manifesto also spoke about optimising the Rajghat and Bawana plants for power generation without specifying how the government planned to do so. With the government bogged down with controversies, little action has been taken in this regard, while people continue to suffer power outages.
  • Clean Drinking Water

    The manifesto spoke about people’s right to clean drinking water and promised to make 20 kilolitres of free water lifeline connection to every household. Here again, CM Kejriwal must be applauded for implementing this poll promise immediately after taking the office.

    The manifesto promised a water pipeline to every home in Delhi supplying clean drinking water. In the last 100 days, very few water pipelines have been laid, with large parts of Delhi still waiting for water to be made available through tankers, etc. The citizens who still do not have water pipeline connections are still a long way from getting this promise fulfilled.

    A network of Piaos (water kiosks) was to be set up in JJ Colonies to meet the drinking water requirements of the people; however, this summer has not seen many new kiosks being set up. The city continues to depend on tankers to meet their daily requirements of water.

    Another promise was on water conservation. The party promised to implement a dual water distribution system to recycle community waste water for non-domestic use. This was to be implemented in housing societies, commercial complexes, malls, etc. However, no announcements have been made in this regard.

    The manifesto also promised that the government would build underground water reservoirs, booster pumping stations and water treatment plants. All these require planning, fund allocation and land acquisition before any tendering process begins.

    Safe drinking water that meets BIS: 10500 Certification standards was to be supplied. Zonal water testing facilities in all the nine zones of Delhi were to be put up to check, test and monitor water quality levels.

    The manifesto also promised to initiate a program for the supply and installation of bulk and domestic water meters to monitor pressure, flow and supply using latest data analytical tools.

    A lot was promised on the revival of the river Yamuna – all requiring detailed planning, coordination with stakeholders, fund allocation and comprehensive monitoring.

    100 days have gone by; however, no word has been uttered on any of the above.
  • Building Community Toilets and Effective Sewage Systems

    The AAP set for itself an ambitious target to provide a comprehensive sanitation system to 42 lakh people of Delhi who still do not have access to toilets and proper sewage system. The plan included building of two lakh new public toilets, half of which were to be for women. Till date, little is known regarding whether any areas have been earmarked, funds have been allocated or tenders have been issued on this account. The people of Delhi are still waiting.
  • Education

    The manifesto highlighted the previous government’s budget allocation on education of 15% and showed that only 1.6% of GSDP was spent on education. Furthermore, the manifesto highlighted the fact that from 2003 to 2011, only 211 new government schools were opened in Delhi.

    The party promised to open 500 new schools and 20 new colleges. This translates to opening 100 new schools and five new colleges every year. With 100 days gone by, it is still a mystery as to how does CM Kejriwal propose to meet its target of 100 schools and five new colleges this year when neither any land has been acquired nor any budgetary provisions have been allocated.

    Furthermore, 17,000 new teachers are to be recruited. When this process is likely to start and how the Delhi government proposes to meet the additional cost given its already precarious financial situation are still an enigma.

    The party had also promised to allocate Rs. 1 lakh of untied funds to every school principal and give him/her the administrative and financial control over his employees. While this may sound a welcome step towards delegating more responsibility and freedom to principals, little has been stated on how the same will be monitored for misuse. And if these funds are made available to school principals, then from where the financial resources will come to build the much publicised 500 schools?
  • Public Healthcare

    The AAP has made some very ambitious promises to improve the medical infrastructure in Delhi. The manifesto stated that the party would increase the number of beds in primary and tertiary hospitals of the Delhi government from 10,600 to 40,000. This means that the party plans to add 29,400 beds over its term of five years. This translates to 5,880 beds per year. The per capita budget required for each hospital bed is significant and the per year funds requirement will be massive. Beds can’t be added without accompanying civil infrastructure and support staff of doctors, nurses, paramedics and technicians.

    With 100 days gone by, can the CM throw some light on the project status of the targeted 5,880 beds for this year? There are 4,000 vacancies for doctors and 15,000 vacancies for paramedics that the party had promised to fill immediately. Firstly, where these 4,000 qualified doctors are available for recruitment and how one raises 15,000 paramedics in a short period are a conundrum. Moreover, the question is how the Delhi government proposes to fund this additional expenditure when meeting expenses in just maintaining the existing medical facilities is a challenge. Another poll commitment had been to build 900 primary health centres in Delhi. This translates to 180 new primary health centres to be built every year over the next five years. Again, 100 days have gone and neither word nor any provision towards these has been initiated.
  • Women’s Rights and Safety

    Women’s safety was a major poll issue for the AAP and the party promised to undertake several measures immediately to address this vital issue. The party promised to install two lakh CCTVs across public areas of Delhi and in buses, to monitor and respond to crimes in real time. To augment Delhi’s security, the party had committed to raise a Mahila Suraksha Dal comprising of new 10,000 home guards who will be recruited from the vast population that is currently working as maids or drivers or in other support services in the domestic area. Additionally, the party stated that they would use 5,000 bus marshals to monitor security in buses.

    While this is a laudable initiative, any recruitment by the government comes with a total cost package and a force this large will require a matching budget to recruit, train, deploy and maintain. Then there are other benefits and costs involved as well.

    Along with the aforementioned promises, additional working women’s hostels and shelters for the homeless had been promised. Though no numbers had been committed, what is interesting to note is that even no discussion on an action plan for implementing these has been initiated.

    CM Kejriwal is going to be hard-pressed to raise funds for the above.
  • Pension Scheme for Senior Citizens

    The manifesto promised immediate implementation of a universal and non-contributory old age pension system that would assure a dignified amount, indexed to inflation, to the beneficiary. The government is yet to announce any action taken so far on this account.
  • Development of Rural Areas of Delhi

    The AAP had promised several measures for improving the quality of life of those living in rural areas of Delhi by providing better water supply, electricity, education and infrastructural facilities.

    The party has also committed to build 100 new schools, more veterinary hospitals and 50 new ambulances. It remains to be seen how many of these have been kick-started by the Delhi government thus far and how it plans to roll out these in the remaining time it has.
  • Regularisation of Unauthorised Colonies

    The AAP has promised and fulfilled their promise to ban demolition of ‘Jhuggis’. Furthermore, the party had promised to regularise the unauthorised colonies within one year in office and give full ownership rights to all the valid residents who had built their structures.

    It must be said that CM Kejriwal remains committed to fulfilling these and some work has already been started. The party plans to mobilise the ‘Mohalla Sabhas’ to assist and coordinate the same at the local level.
  • Mohalla Sabhas

    Towards fulfilling his poll promise for ‘Swaraj’ in Delhi, CM Kejriwal has taken an initiate to start ‘Mohalla Sabhas’, which is one of the efficient ways of empowering people and involving them to take decisions on developmental issues that impact them most at the local level. As a concept, the attempt at involving people as a part of the planning and execution process at the local level is indeed admirable.

    To his credit, CM Kejriwal has shown serious intent towards this and directed his team to organise a series of ‘Mohalla Sabhas’ across Delhi. The initial reactions to the initiative have been mixed, with the RWAs expressing concern at the overlap of responsibilities and becoming marginalised in the process.

    The ‘Mohalla Sabhas’ have been entrusted with the coordination of several developmental issues at the local level, pertaining to regularisation and development of unauthorised colonies and slums.

    Going forward, the concept of ‘Mohalla Sabhas’ will need further refining for standardization of processes for identifying projects, debating viability, selecting contractors, ensuring quality material supply and finally doing work audit. All of these are yet to be addressed and unless addressed quickly, it will give rise to accusations and counter-accusations regarding favouritism and corruption in selection of contractors and quality of material supply and finally creating financial irregularity.
  • Employment Generation

    The manifesto promised:
    • Establishing technology incubators at the college and university level
    • Providing 3 million sq ft of affordable incubation space
    • Filling 50,000 vacancies in government departments and other autonomous bodies in GNCT
    • Undertaking on priority to skill one lakh youth per year for the first two years and then increase it to five lakh per year for the remaining three years
    Actions on all the aforementioned points are yet to be taken. This year alone one lakh youth are to be skilled. With 100 Days already gone by, the government is going to be hard-pressed for funds and time to meet the promised targets on any of the above. The party has already opposed FDI in retail in Delhi. It remains to be seen what measures the Delhi government will take to attract investors to the state, for creation of new jobs, which is not just a necessity but a priority.
  • Infrastructure Development

    The AAP has promised to work towards making Delhi a modern and green city. Towards improving the public transportation system, the Delhi Metro will continue to get support of the Delhi government; however, the DTC remains a problem area. From fleet modernisation to reforms in recruitment including regularisation of contractual workers, all remain work in progress as only little work has been done so far.

    The state was to acquire modern air-conditioned buses to ease the pressure of traffic ; however, little progress has been made on this front. Availability of funds remains a problem.
  • Jan Lokpal

    The AAP was formed on the anti-corruption plank and had committed itself to building an effective Jan Lokpal as top priority. This remains a desired goal but little progress has been made to get the required consensus to pass the Bill.

    There are several poll promises that require serious review. What’s next is whether people will allow the party to go back on its poll promises, even partially.
  • Demand for Full Statehood for Delhi

    The recent spat with the LG on the right of the state government to appoint bureaucrats has now led Team Kejriwal to push for the demand for full statehood for Delhi.

    CM Kejriwal realises that this is an opportunity for him to press for the demand as it resonates favourably with the people and will give him the requisite powers for more effective governance.

    This is not going to be easy by any means. If Arvind Kejriwal succeeds in his endeavour, he will emerge as a hero and remain one at the time of the next state elections and both the BJP and the Congress realise that. Therefore, in all probability, despite his attempts to get the Delhi Assembly to endorse his demand for full statehood, it will run into a wall when it reaches the Parliament. This, in turn, will force the CM back to taking the streets, something that he relishes, and try and emerge as both a victim and a hero for the cause of Delhi. His next moves will be closely watched by all the stakeholders.
  • Narendra Modi vs. Arvind Kejriwal

    Similar Mandates,Contrasting Styles It was Arvind Kejriwal who wanted a comparison between the 100 days of the NDA with his 100 days in power. While a comparison between the two parties is difficult as they have differing mandates and scale, it is interesting to note that there are a lot of similarities between the rise of both the leaders in national politics, the popular support from the voters and the subsequent style of leadership. This comparison becomes inevitable given that both reside in the same city.

    Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India after a long and successful stint at the state level, where he honed his political and administrative skills. His taking to politics at the national level was a huge step but he took it as a fish would take to water.

    In contrast, Arvind Kejriwal rose rapidly on the back of street-agitation politics. His lack of political understanding and administrative skills is seriously impeding his chances of emerging as a leader with a difference. He came into politics with the mandate of providing corruption-free administration with people participation and empowerment as his hallmark. However, he has not been able to inspire confidence or leadership among the bureaucrats working in his administration. In fact, many want to revert to central cadre.

And finally, what do people of Delhi think of Kejriwal after 100 days?

One thing remains clear and that is the Aam Aadmi of Delhi still believes and remains loyal to Arvind Kejriwal and what he stands for. In him, they see a David who cares and one who is willing to stand up to the Goliath in the Narendra Modi-led NDA at the centre.

Despite not seeing much action on the ground, people do register the immediate power and water subsidy given by CM Kejriwal on taking office and continue to remain patient that he will deliver on most of his promises over time. Team Kejriwal also nurtures this sentiment and responds with good governance that the citizens of Delhi deserve and look forward to.

Last Updated on 18 September, 2019.