AAP MLA launches agitation against CM, party ‘ignores’ him

Pushkar gave the Kejriwal government a deadline of four days and said a delegation would go to the CM’s residence on Sunday to discuss the issue with him.

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi | Published: September 2, 2015 3:29 am
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Beginning his “satyagraha’ against the Delhi government on Tuesday, AAP MLA from Timarpur Pankaj Pushkar hit out at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his “neglect and substandard treatment of Sangam Vihar” — an unauthorised colony in his home constituency. However, the party leadership not only refused to engage with him but also chose to ignore him.

“I am asking for specific civic issues to be resolved in Sangam Vihar. Before the elections, the CM had conveyed to the electorate that he would address these issues. But he has completely turned a blind eye. Today, I have written my third letter to him. I had raised the same issue in the Assembly twice, and the third time I was denied an opportunity to speak. Instead of devoting sessions on the problems of the Delhi Police and the Anti-Corruption Branch, and being confrontational, we as a party should be discussing specific problems facing the people… issues that affect their daily lives,” said Pushkar.

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In a no-holds-barred attack on Kejriwal, Pushkar said, “…Let me clarify that I am protesting not because I am close to anyone. I am going only by my concerns. I am full of love and affection for Arvind, but he has developed an aura around himself and loves people who only appreciate him and ask cozy questions. He has been avoiding even a handshake with me because he feels I will pose some uncomfortable and tough questions.”

Pushkar gave the Kejriwal government a deadline of four days and said a delegation would go to the CM’s residence on Sunday to discuss the issue with him. “If he gives us an assurance, we will call off the agitation or else we will continue our protest.”

On Tuesday, Pushkar once again wrote to Kejriwal asking for a proper drainage system, clean sewerage and other basic civic amenities for Sangam Vihar.
He maintained that he would continue to raise issues not only from his own constituency, but also larger subjects relating to children, women, slum-dwellers.
Reacting to Pushkar’s protest, sources in the AAP said that it was a conscious attempt by Pushkar to draw disciplinary action against him so that he could champion the Swaraj Abhiyan’s cause in the Assembly. Pushkar has been an active member of the Swaraj Abhiyan, formed by expelled AAP members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.

On Monday, the Swaraj Abhiyan had released a statement announcing Pushkar’s agitation, but the MLA maintained this was because he did not have “paraphernalia” to spread the word and had to depend on his ‘friends’ in the outfit.

Sources in the party said expelling Pushkar from the party would mean that he would continue as an independent, giving him more voice and prominence in the state Assembly.

The party is likely to ‘ignore’ him till he decides to part ways with the AAP on his own.

Though senior party leaders refused to admit that the chinks within the ranks were beginning to show, a key functionary said that “elements” like Pushkar did not merit “attention” and have been disgruntled ever since the expulsion of Yadav, who had introduced them to the party.

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    Ram Yadav
    Sep 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm
    This is the clic example of Mentally sick AK fit for nothing joker start barking on center only blame game he never works he does not fit to work i should feel petty for the people of DELHI who elected this mentally sick next elections he will finish no more AK haaaa.... Proud to be TEAM MODI supporter
    1. R
      Sep 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm
      Hope AAPtards eyes open to the reality now. Don't bask under the sun saying Khujliwal is clean and corruption free and blah blah blah. He is a wolf in sheep cat, which Delhiwalas forgot to see and now its too late.. Wait for 2019 slogan, Aur 5 saal Kejriwal akin to Nitish
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        anil rana
        Sep 3, 2015 at 8:11 am
        has he spent money from his fund on this cause? just trying NOT to work but get into headlines for so called Agitation...he is true follower of yadav and bhushan who just want to grab power with a garland of ideals in their neck
        1. D
          Sep 3, 2015 at 12:49 am
          Exactly the sensible MLA has a point, Delhi Government can make a change in life of Delhites by improving network of road, water connection, better road, better comfortable transport, health care and schools. Delhi government has a limited mandate under consution. They must use their energy their. Subsidy is not a solution. I am sure if Govt provides reliable and genuine services people will also readily pay for it.
          1. Devraj Tomar
            Sep 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm
            cleanliness & prevention of mosquito breeding is a MCD job. Why he is not approaching BJP controlled MCD and highlight their insenstivity towards the problem.
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