The setback in civic polls in Delhi, where it lost to the BJP, had left a shadow on the AAP’s plans to contest elections in Gujarat. However, it appears that the party has had a rethink after the recent win in Bawana bypoll.
The submission was made in a status report filed by the investigating officer — on behalf of Delhi Police as well as the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) — pursuant to the court’s directions issued on the last date of hearing.
Asking the two crore people of the city to join the government’s efforts, the Delhi CM said, “We cannot completely eradicate the diseases but even if we can reduce it, we will set an example.”
The government has this year launched an extensive campaign focusing on proactive role of people in preventing mosquito breeding in their houses and neighbourhoods.
The submission was made in a status report of the investigating officer on the behalf of Delhi Police as well as the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) of city government pursuant to the court’s direction issued on the last date of hearing.
The meeting, which took place at 5 pm, was attended by CM Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary MM Kutty and officials from the departments of Finance, Vigilance and Health.
The CM announced that Delhi would soon have 1,000 such clinics. Now, two years later, the only functioning ones are the 110 mohalla clinics set up initially with the approval of former L-G Najeeb Jung. The deadline for more clinics was shifted twice — first to the end of 2016, then to March 2017.
Besides CM Arvind Kejriwal, the meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary M M Kutty, Finance Secretary S N Sahai, Principal Secretary (Vigilance) Ashwani Kumar and other officers.
The location of the file only became clear when a note from the Vigilance department went out to Health Minister Satyendar Jain, stating that it was with the department. In turn, Jain, in a letter to the LG, asked for “specific instances” on the basis of which “alleged complaints/irregularities in the setting up of mohalla clinics” have been made.
“There should be no politics with mohalla clinics… LG should call all officers and sort it out. I am prepared to come with my ministers. Let the LG sort out all objections across the table rather than files moving up and down,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal
While Kejriwal did not accompany the 43MLAs to the LG’s office, he did voice his concerns on Twitter after months of avoiding confrontation. Some leaders chose to link the emboldened stand to the recent win in Bawana
29 questions were put to Jaitley by Kejriwal’s lawyer including whether Venugopal was influenced by the statements of other Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge.
AAP candidate Ram Chander got 59,886 votes (45.38%) while BJP’s Ved Prakash, who had won the 2015 assembly polls on an AAP ticket, received 35,834 votes (27.15%). Congress candidate, Surender Kumar, the legislator from 1998 to 2013, trailed with 31,919 votes (24.19%).
“Kejriwal is a big dhokhebaaz and a tyrant. For two years, nothing happened in the area and the responsibility lies with Kejriwal. But who has to pay the price? The MLA,” Ved Prakash said.
For AAP, the challenge had always been the 26 villages of the reserved constituency. The BJP attempted to woo the Jat-dominated area by ensuring that Parvesh Singh Verma, son of former Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma, campaigned as a ‘star candidate’.