AAP government’s first year ‘complete failure’: BJP, Congress

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) As the AAP government in Delhi prepares to tell people about its achievements after completing one year in office on Sunday, the Congress and the BJP on Saturday termed the government’s first year as “a year of complete failure and betrayal”.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Saturday termed the first year of the Arvind Kejriwal government as a “complete failure” and said the ruling party in Delhi was “finding excuses not to work”, betraying those who elected it to office.

The Aam Aadmi Party government has scored “zero out of hundred” in its performance in the first year of its term, he told reporters.

“It is a complete failure. They could not fulfil their promises. The list is very long. The party will go to the people to tell them about the ‘failures’ of the government,” he said.

The Delhi unit of the Congress also released a booklet titled “Kejriwal ek saal, Delhi behaal” (One year of Kejriwal: Delhi in a bad shape).

The booklet talks about the failures of the city government in terms of governance, principles that the AAP espoused, “politics of conflict”, “stagnation” in development, price rise and the security of women.

The Congress will observe February 14, the day Kejriwal took oath as chief minister in 2015, as ‘Chhalawa Diwas’ (day of deception).

Criticising the AAP government, Satish Upadhyay, the Delhi unit chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party, said: “The last one year has proved to be a black year in the history of Delhi.

“Delhiites last year gave a historic mandate to the AAP seeking a change in polity but it turned out to be a year of betrayal.”

Upadhyay said that by creating a new constitutional crisis every day, the Delhi government blocked development as well as administration work.

The AAP government will complete one year in office on Sunday. To mark the day, Kejriwal and his entire cabinet will answer questions from the people during a live phone-in programme at the NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi.

The Delhi BJP plans to observe ‘Protest Day’ on the AAP government’s first anniversary.

“Tomorrow (Sunday), we will hold a protest at Jantar Mantar against the completion of one year of the AAP government which has failed to fulfil its promises made during the assembly elections,” Upadhyay said.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist, however, blamed the central government for not allowing the Kejriwal government to deliver.

“There are lots of problems in Delhi and Kejriwal is grappling with them. However, he is trying his best to deliver on his promises but the union government is not allowing him to do so freely,” CPI-M Rajya Sabha member Tapan Sen told IANS.

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