AAP govt failed on all fronts, says Cong

Dik­shit, Maken Tar­get CM For ‘Bro­ken Prom­ises’

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New Delhi: Congress on Wed­nes­day claimed that the AAP gov­ern­ment had failed on all fronts in the last three years. DPCC chief Ajay Maken, ac­com­pa­nied by for­mer chief min­is­ter Sheila Dik­shit, ad­dressed a press meet where he com­pared the work of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment with that of the cur­rent dis­pen­sa­tion. To­gether, the two — at the log­ger­head for years — re­leased a re­port ti­tled “3 Saal,Dil­liBe­haal”.

Maken ac­cused chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal of not ful­fill­ing any of his poll prom­ises. Crit­i­cis­ing the CM for not bring­ing a strict Lokpal Bill, he said: “In 2014, when they (AAP) got 28 seats, they re­signed within 49 days, al­leg­ing that Congress and BJP were not al­low­ing them to bring a proper lokpal. But when they came back in 2015 with 67 seats, they brought a dif­fer­ent lokpal, in­stead of a strict lokpal,” he said.

Maken claimed that nearly 98,000 stu­dents had left Delhi gov­ern­ment schools in the last two years. As many as 111 dis­pen­saries were shut dur­ing the same pe­riod, he added. “While DTC rid­er­ship has gone down, metro fares have been hiked twice in the same year,” Maken said. He ➤ 1,982 crore of ed­u­ca­tion fund lapsed in 2 years ➤ Al­lo­ca­tion to Ladli Yo­jna re­duced from 112.29 crore to 96.68 crore in 2016-17 ➤ Work on Metro Phase III & IV and Delhi-Meerut highspeed rail cor­ri­dor de­layed claimed that while 3,125 DTC buses were added dur­ing the Sheila Dik­shit regime, the cur­rent gov­ern­ment had pulled out 1,200 from roads. “De­vel­op­ment has taken a back seat and the fo­cus is more on ad­ver­tise­ments. While AAP promised to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion, most of its lead­ers have been charged with cor­rup­tion,” Maken al­leged.

With an eye on the next elec­tions, Maken took the blame for the rift among se­nior Delhi Congress lead­ers. He said: “It’s my fault and I will cor­rect it. Had we been to­gether like this, we would In 2014, they (AAP) re­signed al­leg­ing that Congress and BJP were not al­low­ing them to bring a proper lokpal. But when they came back in 2015 with 67 seats, they brought a dif­fer­ent lokpal, in­stead of a strict lokpal ➤ 111 Delhi govt dis­pen­saries shut in 3 years ➤ 75% of funds al­lo­cated un­der pub­lic health for 2017-18 (till Sept) not utilised ➤ No unau­tho­rised colony reg­u­larised in 3 years have won the civic elec­tions.”

Dik­shit, too, slammed the gov­ern­ment, say­ing peo­ple were now calling it an “ad­ver­tise­ment-ki-sarkar”. She said: “They (AAP gov­ern­ment) are seen talk­ing, but their work is in­vis­i­ble.” Sit­ting next to Maken, whose lead­er­ship she had crit­i­cised dur­ing the civic elec­tion last year, Dik­shit avoided ques­tions on cam­paign­ing for the party and its fu­ture chief min­is­te­rial can­di­date. Maken, mean­while, also hit out on al­leged fail­ures of the AAP gov­ern­ment in trans­port, health, ed­u­ca­tion and other sec­tors.

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