Facing a ‘tough time’ with bureaucrats, AAP hopes House panels will do the trick

On Friday, Saurabh Bhardwaj, chairman of the Committee of Petitions, had presented a report recommending that the Delhi government Chief Secretary “conduct a detailed inquiry... to fix responsibility for false claims” of desilting of drains

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published:July 2, 2017 3:15 am
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After frequent run-ins with the Lt- Governor and the Centre, and repeated claims that officials are “afraid” or “unwilling” to work with the AAP government, the party is now looking at House Committees in the Delhi Assembly to ensure “accountability of government officials”. Speaking to The Sunday Express, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj explained, “All committees work as per powers delegated by the House, with the objective to fix accountability of government officials regarding matters of public interest. The committee submits its report to the House, which ultimately decides what action can be taken as per its recommendations.”

On Friday, Bhardwaj, chairman of the Committee of Petitions, had presented a report recommending that the Delhi government Chief Secretary “conduct a detailed inquiry… to fix responsibility for false claims” of desilting of drains and “fraudulent payments made to contractors”. Party sources claimed the AAP government has been facing a tough time with bureaucrats, “especially after the arrest of the former principal secretary to the CM, Rajendra Kumar”.

“They feel that they, too, could be targeted,” the leader said. On Saturday, the Assembly’s Standing Committee on Health, chaired by AAP MLA Mahender Goyal, went to east Delhi to physically verify hoardings put up by the government’s Directorate of Information and Publicity department regarding information on vector-borne diseases. Sources said the government’s chief secretary and DIP secretary also accompanied the committee.

A special Assembly committee is also looking to probe the alleged 2002 CNG fitness scam. There are a total of 21 house committees in the Assembly. “The power of the Delhi Assembly is similar to ones of Parliament, and so are the powers of the House committees,” the AAP leader said.

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    p M
    Jul 27, 2017 at 8:14 am
    Bhardwaz ji what action should be taken on the politicians for nonfulfillment of promises by the way of manifesto . you enjoy with people's money. Nothing is visible done sofar so less. First impose what punishments you are going to take if manifesto is not fulfilled within 5 years term, Jail forever or some other prosecution is to be made as law for politicians who non fulfill the manifesto
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      Laxmi Narayan
      Jul 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm
      good innovative effort of replacing secretaries with committes. Now EC or court can not block public friendly activities. only concern is chief secretary may delay enquiries. Afterall, he need to appease MODI....
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        Ajay Bhaskar
        Jul 2, 2017 at 11:20 am
        For the good of the people of Delhi, no sane bureaucrat will listen to these AAP crooks who know nothing other than corruption, nautanki, incompetence and and barking like street dogs.
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          vasant
          Jul 2, 2017 at 7:16 am
          BJP and its government at centre appears very immature in dealing with opposition. Common man is watching. People don't trust these Publicity and TV covered news gimmick being relied upon by central government. I as a senior citizen am not happy. I want to see new people entering our political space and our generation of politicians should act with grace and dignity
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            rs
            Jul 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm
            Common man of Delhi have watched AAP government activities and have given their verdict in the recently held muni l elections.
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              KVC
              Jul 3, 2017 at 11:44 am
              BJP can win only by cheating. People are fed up with Modi government.
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                p M
                Jul 27, 2017 at 8:28 am
                Why should opposition to be there if you not allow parties to contest . Change the rule these Indian parties they boast and never work for people that is their strategy to win seats. understand and implement not to vote for parties which is not having a rule to impose punishment themselves for non fulfillment of promises to the public.
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                p M
                Jul 3, 2017 at 8:31 am
                Common man wants more power like recalling power and minumum wages act to be applied to all politicians. You are biased towards AAP it is nothing but another party which boasts to gain through Jhaadu. AAP is another party in disguise which elected a womanizer , a bribe taker and a cheater as their ministers. So where is clean GOVT. It is eye wash and acting of AK.
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                  KVC
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 11:47 am
                  Your eyes are blind open the eyes. First of all become a human being then talk about politics. One should understand politics is for what. Blindly supporting will not help anybody. one should be capable to understand what is right and what is wrong.
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                    p M
                    Jul 3, 2017 at 3:13 pm
                    Wether you are blind or not, but it seems you are blind with AAP jhaadu. The aap fellows never answer how a womanizer and bribe taker swept into truncheon of ministers in socalled morals. I am human being and I donot like politicians who boast and donot work and raise ries only. It is one of the AAP.
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                      p M
                      Jul 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm
                      I want more autonomy to people like recalling power . Are you blind to see the power of the people as an AAP man, how long AAP can play dramas with the future of Delhites. If I am not human being how can I write answers to an AAP man whose eyes are blind with AAP morals but not with deeds. Only left humiliation and kicking out from seats by Delhites.
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                        vishal
                        Jul 5, 2017 at 7:32 am
                        P M: Are you trying to imply that if we had voted for BJP, we would've got a clean govt in Delhi - Just like in the centre?? I hope you are not blind enough to not see sarcasm in my post. And if you think we have a clean govt at the centre, then I re-iterate please be a human being first. But looking at your comment "womanizer, bribe-taker and cheater" and not giving any facts (so typical), it's not hard to guess you're here to make money. I hope you are clear on which slab applies to you under GST regime. Have a good day
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                          p M
                          Jul 27, 2017 at 8:37 am
                          You are really whimsical man who oppose you for greater autonomy to people are worthless for you.Abolish all parties is my motto not only AAP who sat on delhi seat without doing any work , Bring Voter recalling power which keeps check on culprits , judging will not be in the hands of crooked ministers.Sandip, khan and Tomar who are they?How they got into truncheon who will be held responsible for selection of these haggards. Still you believe democracy is there in india? politicians rule our country instead of kings in the olden days. Raj bharanas have gone now politicians bharanas have stepped in.