AAP govt wins trust to hold fort in Delhi

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The minority Aam Aadmi Party government on Thursday crossed the first hurdle in the Delhi Assembly when its confidence motion sailed through easily with the backing of the members of Congress, JD(U) and an independent.

The motion moved by PWD minister Manish Sisodia was carried after a four-and-a-half-hour debate at the end of which chief minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the members to decide “on which side they are” in the fight between “honesty and corruption.”

“I want to present three issues. Delhi’s aam aadmi (common man) has taken the lead in telling the country as to which direction the national politics should go. They should also decide as to which side they are in the fight between honesty and corruption in politics and whether they want to participate in it,” the chief minister said in his 25-minute speech.

Kejriwal said that the people of Delhi took the first step of showing the nation the direction in which the nation can be liberated from corrupt politics.

Listing 17 issues as priority of his government, Kejriwal said ending the VIP culture in the capital and even the whole country and adoption of Janlokpal bill will figure among top of them.

The corrupt should be jailed at the earliest and get the strongest possible punishment within the framework of law. The Janlokpal should also have a citizens’ charter under which services should be provided in a time frame.

The third priority will be to bring a bring a legislation, which will give the right to people to decide on development in their area and not officials and MLAs.

The next priority would be to realise full statehood for Delhi on which even the BJP agrees with AAP, he said. Among the other things the government will concentrate on audit of power companies, checking the meters, supply of water, conferring right on the people of unauthorised colonies, problem of slums, opposition to FDI in retail, subsidy for farmers, improvement of government schools, regulation of fees and eradication of donations in private schools and improvement of hospitals. Promising to take stringent action against anyone corrupt whether in the previous Congress government, MCDs controlled by the BJP and his government, he said he was not seeking support of the members for his party or the government but for the issues facing Delhi.

At the end of the debate, pro-tem speaker Matin Ahmad asked those in favour to stand up followed by those against. Later, he declared the motion as passed and congratulated the chief minister before adjourning the house.

The 28 AAP members along with seven of Congress, a lone JD(U) member and an independent stood in support while 31 members of BJP and one member of its ally Akali Dal stood against it.

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