Odd-even scheme didn’t reduce pollution level; acknowledges Kejriwal

“As the AAP led Delhi government rolls out the second phase of odd-even car rationing scheme, Delhi CM and AAP chief, Arvind Kejirwal has confessed that it didn’t help reducing pollution level. Now the crucial question arises – why are they experimenting again?”

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Delhi government had sent a shock wave across the city this New Year by introducing odd-even car rationing scheme. Even thought about it reminds car owners in the national capital about the horrifying time spent in the beginning of the year when the rule was on. Quite oddly placed this scheme had failed miserably to curb pollution level in city. But, still the AAP government didn’t shy away from blowing their own trumpet by declaring the scheme as a grand success.

Kejriwal’s recent confession has come in contradiction to the pervious claims of AAP government but still it didn’t deter them for launching the much-hyped plan once again.

A flawed plan thrust upon Delhi citizens

 It is well known fact that it is a flawed plan, as its basic purpose stands defeated. It was meant to control the pollution level in the city but that didn’t happen. Findings of the analysis have revealed that the pollution level didn’t drop when the scheme was in operation. Arvind Kejriwal himself has confessed this fact but still he has the courage to thrust this flawed plan on to citizens of Delhi.

Real pollutant not targeted

Delhi is the most polluted city in the world and city poses major health hazards to people due to alarming levels of pollution. But, the pollution problem is highly complex and the major pollutants need to be controlled in order to find a sustainable solution to the problem. The major pollutants are diesel vehicles – truck, buses etc.; diesel generators, dust particles and pollution caused by various industries.

It is noteworthy that a study conducted by IIT Kanpur on pollutants of Delhi found out that cars cause only one percent of the total pollution.

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AAP’s 21 parliamentary secretaries ‘Unconstitutional’, says LG

“Aam Aadmi Party may shout about austerity but contrary to their claims, Delhi government has formed a jumbo ministry with appointment of 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries. Taking notice on violation of norms, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has termed the appointment as unconstitutional.”

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 After taking charge of the Delhi government, Arvind Kejriwal appointed 21 of its MLAs as parliamentary secretary with an aim to reward them by offering lucrative position. Three parliamentary secretaries were attached with each minister. Kejriwal might have tried to appease them by offering plum position but this move has now come under the scanner of independent agencies after receiving the notice from Election Commission & Delhi High Court respectively and now Lieutenant Governor has slammed Arvind Kejriwal for their appointment.

Unconstitutional posts

Najeeb Jung, Lieutenant Governor has termed the appointment of 21 parliamentary secretaries as ‘unconstitutional’ and went on to state that they fear the risk of getting disqualified. Jung explained that office of parliamentary secretary is defined as an office of profit and Delhi can have only one parliamentary secretary, attached to the office of chief minister.

Notice by Election Commision

The Election Commission (EC) had earlier issued notices to 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs. They were asked to explain the validity of their appointments by submitting affidavits and relevant documents.

The notices were issued after a petition was filed by an NGO stating that the appointment was made in violation of mandatory norms as these post falls under the category of profit.

Notice by Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court had earlier slammed AAP government for violation. It is noteworthy that Delhi High court had earlier challenged AAP government’s move and sent to a notice to the government.

Rashtriya Mukti Morcha, an NGO had petitioned the Delhi High Court, stating that 21 MLAs appointed as parliamentary secretaries enjoy the status and perks of ministers.

After Punjab, Goa to be next destination of AAP

“It is official now – Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is preparing to party at the shores of Goa as the party leadership has given its nod to contest Goa State Assembly elections in 2017. AAP is surely in for some real fun, considering the heavy dose of drama, the party is known for!”

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 AAP has been partying hard ever since it came to power in Delhi. There seems to be no end to AAP’s rollercoaster rides and now the party is all to set its base in Goa after Punjab. AAP chief, Arvind Kejriwal has always showed his intention of going at National level.

Spreading its horizon, AAP is now set to contest assembly elections in Goa. While Kejriwal is going all out to quench his thirst for power, it will be interesting to see how the party goes about in the state with no political base and organizational structure.

Political opportunism

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AAP has displayed height of political opportunism by deciding to contest elections in Goa. AAP might have found it relatively easier to contest elections in Goa considering it being a small state; it would be no easy task for the party. A crucial question arises here – how much do they know about the state that they are confident of forming a government?

It is very important to understand the ethos, culture & heritage of state to be able to offer good governance. Being a Portuguese territory, Goa has a complex history and issues pertaining to state are very peculiar in nature, which is note easy for an outsider to understand. There is also deep engraved sense of alienation among people of Goa and that makes it ever more difficult for an outsider to establish a deep-rooted connect. In such situation AAP can only create ripples in water but in no way can set-up its base in the coastal state.

AAP conniving with Congress to snatch Punjab’s right on water

“Congress was responsible for creating all the trouble with regard to river waters sharing arrangement between Punjab and neighbouring states. Now since Punjab government has decided to bury the contentious issue by terminating the act, AAP has raked up new controversy by filing an affidavit in Supreme Court in favour of construction of canal.”

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 Fissures erupted on the socio-economic structure of Punjab due to contentious and emotive issue of construction of Satluj Yamuna Link canal. Costing heavily on the agriculture of state, this contentious issue was also termed as one of the reasons for eruption of militancy in state. Trouble began in 1982 when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ceremonially dug the ground at Kapoori village in Patiala district for the construction of the 214-km Canal.

Congress has always taken an anti-Punjab stance on the issue and now also they do not want the issue to get buried for their vested interest. Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now joined the bandwagon by taking a stand in favour of Haryana. AAP’s stance on the issue has made it clear that AAP & Congress are hand in glove on the issue and it is reflection of their deep-rooted conspiracy against the state.

AAP backstabs Punjab

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Visiting Punjab with an eye on upcoming assembly polls in state early next year, Kejriwal tooka stand in favour of Punjab and made an emotional statement that Punjab didn’t even have a drop of water to spare but as soon as he left Punjab, he retracted from his stand drifted towards his home state.

Delhi government even took the matter to Supreme Court and gave a written submission in favour of construction of canal. Delhi has still not recovered from the water crisis faced due to recent Jat agitation and it is now embroiled in the politics of water with other states.

Left red-faced on SYL issue, AAP used state counsel as scapegoat

“Aam Aadmi Party having barely recovered from the flip-flops of Arvind Kejriwal on the contentious issue of construction of Satluj Yamuna Link, has used the state counsel as a scapegoat to save his skin.”

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 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has never been consistent on the contentious & emotive issue of construction of Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. When Kejriwal visited Punjab last when an aim to garner sympathy of Punjabi voters, he took a stance in favour of Punjab and stated that the state didn’t even have a single drop of water to spare with anybody. Fearing public ire from his home state, Haryana, Kejriwal later retracted from his previous stand and stated that there should be ‘no politics on water’.

Kejriwal left red-faced with AAP government’s submission in Supreme Court

AAP government counsel Suresh Tripathy, representing Delhi Jal Board in the ongoing hearing in the matter, stated in front of Supreme Court, “Punjab has gone beyond its legal competence in unilaterally passing the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004.” It is noteworthy Delhi counsel had echoed Haryana’s stand on the issue, which left Arvind Kejriwal red-faced.

Kejriwal uses counsel as a scapegoat

After the Delhi government’s written submission in apex court, Kejriwal faced public ire from the people of poll bound state of Punjab. He was branded as ‘Son of Haryana’ who had no love for Punjab.

In a damage control mode, after filing of written submissions in the Supreme Court, the government kicked its counsel saying his submissions were “unauthorised”. Delhi government even went on to defend its view by stating that he was an appointee of the previous Congress government.

Using government counsel Suresh Tripathy as a scapegoat, AAP government sacked him later and Kejriwal later stated the government would submit fresh submission in the court on the matter.

Bhagwant Mann drifts away from central leadership on SYL issue

“While Arvind Kejriwal has taken a U-turn on contentious & emotive issue of construction of Satluj Yamuna Link Canal by supporting Haryana government’s stand, Bhagwant Mann on the other hand has taken a strong Punjab centric stance.”

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 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal is known for his fickle minded approach on crucial issues. Going by his track record, he had taken U-turn on the emotive and contentious issue of river waters sharing between Punjab and neighboring states. While on five days visit to Punjab to gain sympathy of Punjabi voters, he supported the stand taken by Punjab government but took a U-turn as soon as he left the state.

It is pertinent to note that Kejriwal took a stand against the construction of SYL canal and later retracted from his previous stand and supported Haryana government. Delhi government filled an affidavit in Supreme Court in support of construction of SYL canal.

Bhagwant Mann’s emotive stand

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Bhagwant has drifted away form the stand taken by central leadership and has taken a strong Punjab centric stance. It is noteworthy that Mann has made a strong emotive statement on the issue. He went on to state that his wouldn’t allow construction of canal.

He stated that Punjab does not even have a drop of water spare with Haryana.

“We are ready to sacrifice everything. Our blood, not water, will flow in this canal,” said Mann on a poignant state.

No end to AAP’s divisive religious politics: reach out to Namdhari sect

Born out of the Anna Hazare movement, Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party was committed to putting an end to “Nafrat Ki Rajniti” (politics of hatred). But it was long before the hunger for power reduced the party to murky world vote bank politics of religion.

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 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took the political plunge with a promise of changing the dynamic of vote bank politics. But if we dig into their world of politics then it reveal that AAP has fallen into the trap of politics, it originally wanted to change.

Dirty religious politics

When Arvind Kejriwal floated his political outfit, he was committed to end religious and divisive politics and create a free world devoid of any kind of biases. He was firm on his stand that common man is secular and it is the political parties who create boundaries of religion and caste for their own vested interest.   He further stated that politicians create hatred and spread communal disharmony. So, in midst of divisive politics, Kejriwal stood firm on putting an end to vote bank politics.

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But, it proved to be a political stunt as AAP began to milik the vote bank on religious as soon as it came into existence. It is noteworthy that Kejriwal after kicking off his poll campaign in state; has left no stone unturned to garner sympathy of Dalits in state. Kejriwal has already done the rounds of all the prominent ‘deras’ in state.

Reach out to Namdhari sect

Namdhari sect is powerful and resourceful community in Punjab and they have played a crucial role in socio-economic fabric of the state. With an eye on upcoming assembly polls in state, Punjab AAP leaders are reaching out to the community and AAP Punjab Convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and Sangrur MP, Bhagwant Singh Mann attended a latest community gathering.

Jassi Jasraj pays a huge price for questioning AAP leadership

“Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party has been known to functioning in dictatorship style. Lacking internal democracy, party members have no right to raise their voice against party leadership and if anyone dares to do so, he/she has to pay a huge price for that. Jassi Jasraj is the latest one to get axed for questioning party leadership.”

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 Controversies go hand in hand with the functioning of AAP and since inception; it has been making news for all the wrong reasons. Right after the general election in 2014, many controversies have surfaced the Punjab unit of the party. Differences surfaced between the AAP central leadership and state unit and two of AAP’s MPs were suspended for what was being termed as indulging in anti party leadership.

Dharamvir Gandhi from Patiala and Harinder Singh Khalsa from Fatehgarh Sahib alleged central leadership of enforcing excessive control over state affairs. The disgruntled MPs went on record to state that they were not even allowed to appoint their staff. MP from Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann echoed the voice of dissent initially but later tilted his loyalties towards top leadership. Mann was later observed expressing aspiration of becoming chief minister of state.

Jassi Jasraj shows mirror to party leadership

The Aam Aadmi Party has expelled Punjabi singer-actor-turned-politician Jassi Jasraj for six years for what the party termed as indulging in anti-party activities. Jasraj has been raising his voice against top leadership and on several occasions he alleged lack of internal democracy in the AAP.

Jasraj had questioned party’s dubious move ahead of assembly polls and termed AAP as “mixed-veg party”. He alleged that party is inducting disgruntled leaders form other parties left right and center. Showing his serious concerns, he questioned party’s vision for Punjab assembly polls.

He might have shown mirror to top leadership in good intention but not going well with high command, he was eventually thrown out of the party.

No representation of Sikh community in Delhi government

“When Sikhs are getting respect and recognition across the world in the counties like US, England and Canada, AAP convener, Arvind Kejriwal has ignored the Sikhs by not giving any representation to the community in his cabinet.”

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has always shown commitment towards Sikh community and AAP chief, Arvind Kejriwal always projects himself as well wisher of Sikh community. But contrary to their claims, AAP has ignored the Sikh community by not giving any representation to them in Delhi cabinet. Dynamic Sikh community has been the building blocks of National capital and they have played an instrumental role in building the socio-economic structure of the city.

Punjabi culture and heritage has been infused deep into the ethos of Delhi. But, it is really unfortunate that Delhi CM has ignored the Sikh community.

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The narrow thinking of Kejriwal regarding Sikhs is clearly evident and he is always played with their emotions to gain political mileage. In such context, what can the Sikhs expect from Kejriwal?

While on one hand Kejriwal makes claims of showing solidarity with Punjab and Sikhs, while on other side he himself has cheated them and meted out step motherly treatment to them. Kejriwal does not bestow faith in Punjabis and instead of giving prominence to Punjabi people, he has given preference to non-Punjabi people in Punjab. He is native of Haryana and he given important responsibilities to people who don’t have any sort of connector emotional feelings with issues facing Punjab.

People of Punjab have got a reality check one year ahead of elections in Punjab and people of Punjab would never fall prey to the political conniving of Kejriwal.

AAP highlights its false projections for Delhi in Punjab

“Ahead of assembly polls in Punjab, AAP is on a massive advertising spree for self-promotion. Post budget presentation in Delhi; AAP government has been making false projections to gain cheap publicity and they now they cleverly trying to take mileage out of that in Punjab.”

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 Ahead of Delhi assembly polls, Aam Aadmi Party convener and now Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal came out with an impressive 70-point manifesto. Never in the Indian history, any political party would have promised so many freebies in its manifesto. AAP created utopian image and illusive world for Delhi voters and they succeeded in their dubious agenda, which was reflected in Delhi elections.

Adopting same strategy for Punjab

Arvind Kejriwal who belongs to Haryana, claims to be knowing Punjab better than any other political leaders of the state. Riding high on confidence level, nothing is proving a deterrent to Kejriwal in claiming clean sweep in elections. Even clear absence of grass root workers and leadership could stop him from claiming to turn around state within months of coming to power.

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For someone whom it is even difficult to understand a diverse state like Punjab, only God knows, how he would be able to eradicate various issues crippling the state. Perhaps he has found a magical wand!

Although elections are around ten months away but he has adopted the same strategy in Punjab and started selling dreams to Punjabi voters. And, in a clever move to deceive voters of Punjab, AAP government is highlighting its projections laid out on financial budget in Punjab.

What has Delhi’s achievements to do in Punjab?

Failed to deliver any of the pre-poll promises, Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government started advertising their self-proclaimed achievements as a cover-up to their misdeeds. Now they are highlighting their so-called achievements in Punjab through advertising. But, the crucial question arises – what has Delhi’s achievements to do in Punjab?