One year of Arvind Kejriwal govt: A timeline of what’s happened so far under AAP rule

The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi is set to complete one year in office even as the city stinks with garbage littered across its streets due to the strike by MCD workers over non-payment of their salaries.

Written by Nishant Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: February 5, 2016 10:16 am
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The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi is set to complete one year in office even as the city stinks with garbage littered across its streets due to the strike by MCD workers over non-payment of their salaries. Though the chief minister offered a Rs 551-crore loan to the civic bodies, the agitating workers refused to end the stir. And if a solution is not devised soon, the agitation will end up spoiling the Aam Aadmi Party’s anniversary party — the party had stormed to power with a phenomenal victory of 67 seats in the 70-member Assembly, halting the Modi wave.

But the one-year journey has been a roller coaster ride for Kejriwal government.

MCD Strike: A Look At The Delhi Streets & Delhi Govt’s Response

Free water, power

Much was at stake for Kejriwal when he stormed to power as despite a resounding victory most were apprehensive about the survival of the government owing to his image of a ‘man in a hurry’ who broke his party’s alliance with Congress after 49 days of governance during the previous stint. However, Kejriwal started by delivering on the promises of freebies, ordering a 50 per cent subsidy on monthly power consumption of up to 400 units and 20,000 litres of free water per month to all households, winning the confidence of Delhiites.

Yadav, Bhushan kicked out

But soon after this a major drama unfolded with the internal rift within party coming out in open. Once considered close to Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were kicked out of the party after they claimed the party was being run in a undemocratic manner. Kejriwal accused the two leaders of working against the party, even claiming the duo had tried to defeat AAP in the Delhi polls. Both leaders were mishandled and thrown out of the AAP’s national council meeting. The party drew flak for the in fight and a question mark was put on its functioning.

Farmer suicide in AAP rally

Before things settled down, a farmer’s suicide at the party’s rally put the government in the dock. As party leader Ashutosh burst into tears on television over the tragic death of the farmer, Gajendra Singh, he was slammed on social media for his party’s insensitivity. Kejriwal later expressed remorse and said that it was a mistake on his part to continue the rally after Singh’s suicide.

Kejriwal 100 days event and Tomar arrest

In May, Kejriwal organised a mega event at Central Park to present the highlight his government’s achievements in 100 days before the public, including free power and water, initiating process of regularising unauthorised colonies, banning demolition of jhuggis, launching anti-corruption helpline, providing licences to e-rickshaws and others. However, weeks later fake degree row involving law minister Delhi Jitender Singh Tomar put the government again on the back foot. Embarrassed, the AAP government sacked Tomar after he was arrested by the Delhi Police.

Jung vs Kejriwal

Meanwhile, an ugly war between the Delhi government and LG Najeeb Jung broke out over appointment of an acting chief secretary. Kejriwal accused the LG of trying to render an elected government ineffective and asked him to work “within the confines” of Constitution. From appointment of chief secretary to the chief of Delhi Commission of Women to the chief of the Anti-Corruption Branch, Kejriwal and Jung were at loggerheads, leaving most of Delhi confused.

Kejriwal vs Bassi

Also involved in an ugly spat with Kejriwal was Delhi police chief B S Bassi. While Kejriwal maintained that the city is not in safe hands, Bassi kept saying he is ‘competent enough’ to ensure the safety of the people. But the relation between Delhi government and Police touched a new low after police raided AAP MLA and former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti’s house following a complaint of domestic violence by his wife. As many as 50 officers and eight police teams were part of a manhunt for Bharti.

CBI raids Kejriwal’s office

However, the CBI raids at Kejriwal’s principal secretary’s office gave the Delhi CM an opportunity to embarrass the Modi government. He not only accused the prime minister of using the probe agency to “intimidate” him and his government, but also put the Centre in dock with allegation of massive corruption against Arun Jaitley in DDCA. Very soon he found a supporter in BJP MP Kirti azad who echoed Kejriwal’s view and presented numerous proof to back Kejriwal’s allegation of corruption in DDCA. As a result Azad was suspended by his party.

Odd-Even

One of the major highlights of Kejriwal government remained the implementation of the Odd-Even scheme for 15 days to check pollution in the city. The scheme though drew criticsm but certainly relived the city of traffic congestion, if not pollution. And when Kejriwal organised a success rally for the Odd-even scheme, he was thrown ink at by a woman activist of the Aam Aadmi Sena, triggering another blame game between the AAP and the BJP.

The government is currently under sharp criticism over the strike by MCD workers. But the current crisis is also seen as an opportunity for the Kejriwal government to build a case to bring the MCD under Delhi government control.

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    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:49 pm
    Also the huge pay hike for the monisters
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      Amit
      Feb 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm
      The most nautanki baaz politician who doesnt know what he is doing
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        Aap
        Feb 4, 2016 at 5:23 pm
        This is unbelievable. IE If you would have appointed a graduate trainee to prepare and publish report on Delhi govt , he would have done much better.
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          Srividya Jayaraman
          Feb 5, 2016 at 3:42 am
          How come other states are working with Centre. For example non BJP states like Karnataka, Orissa don't complain The only CM who always complain against the genre is Kejriwal and Nitish because both are Law chor
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            Srividya Jayaraman
            Feb 5, 2016 at 3:48 am
            The same goonda Centre is working fine with corordination with BJP states like Karnataka Orissa. The I my problem is the centre is creating problem for AAP.and AAPtarda
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              Arpit
              Feb 5, 2016 at 2:24 pm
              Lol.... What a biased piece of writing. You're expected to show the 360 degree view of governance. ...gee what a difficult decision Life with morals or money. Oh my god . but you also have to obey your masters. So no grudges.
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                Manas
                Feb 5, 2016 at 8:44 am
                This article is how AAP amused people.But please write something about things done for people of Delhi ..
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                  MyTake
                  Feb 4, 2016 at 9:26 pm
                  MMS kept the seat warm for the prince and AK is keeping the "house" warm for Congress! Both are useful when the time comes to "lay" the " eggs"!
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                    MyTake
                    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:21 pm
                    One thing AK did is keep the "subjects" in good humor! This I guess is a good replacement if you don't have a good circus party a zoo in the town!
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                      Saurabh
                      Feb 5, 2016 at 8:04 am
                      They are paid for it..
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                        santosh singh
                        Feb 4, 2016 at 4:36 pm
                        u should also give details of work done by govt and the public dealing situation in govt office ,level of corruption....atleast be a journlist dont highlight only one side
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                          Bbb
                          Feb 4, 2016 at 6:20 pm
                          Congratulations AAP, Kejriwal, and of course people of Delhi. Ignore the brahmin Chanakya Scoundrels called bhakts.
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                            nikhil
                            Feb 5, 2016 at 2:15 am
                            Ak is just a drama queen hungry for publicity. He should have to understand now he is CM of delhi and should focus on good governance rather than blaming games. Ppl will appreciate him only if he learn to do cooperative governance rather than conflicting one.
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                              Vikrant
                              Feb 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm
                              Abhi ko paisa loot rahe aam aadmi uska likha nahi hai - sabne bunglow aur gaadiya li, ry 4 guna badha li, extortion karne ke chakkar mai MLAs andar ho rahe hai
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                                Vikrant
                                Feb 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm
                                Writer has failed to mention the number of days Delhi streets were strewn nwith litter, number of people died in delhi due to cold wave, failed promises on free wifi, women safety, schools, colleges, hospital beds to name a few. Using tax payers money to give free electricity and water is no big achievement.
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                                  Chand
                                  Feb 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm
                                  The AAP under it's maverick leader Kejriwal has wasted a lot of precious time by indulging in political bickering. The party was voted into power on the basis of development agenda but has been more active with petty accusations against its opponents and blaming others for every failure of governance.
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                                    amit Singh
                                    Feb 5, 2016 at 11:20 am
                                    I request to Indian Express and other news platforms to do servery of other states too and even centre's. Criticizing the Government which is not even full state and having centre at top, who is from from very first day targeting Delhi Government to fail it, but AAP government stand firm and shown the w country if you have good intention, you can do anything for betterment of society.. Good job AAP and good luck for future.
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                                      Anand
                                      Feb 4, 2016 at 9:01 pm
                                      AAP is a jock now days...
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                                        Ankit
                                        Feb 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm
                                        The article seems to be written by a person with a definite political bias. This is not expected in journalism. The headline of the article is "One year of Arvind Kejriwal govt: A timeline of what’s happened so far under AAP rule". To point out just the controversies from the past one year means that the author feels that AAP has been only busy in confrontation with everybody and has done no work in a year, which is the political stand of opposition parties such as BJP and Congress. We expect Indian Express to show both the positive and negetives of AAP govt and let the people decide whether the govt has done anything or not.
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                                          Awadhesh Narayan
                                          Feb 4, 2016 at 3:51 pm
                                          why such incomplete reporting by Indian Express. has he really become successful CM? All the facts must be given ie what is the revenue earnings, what happend to his election promise of bringing corrupt politicians to book. Why he kept silent on inquiry against shilela dixit after making such a loud noise to win election? what is the real expenses on welfare scheme and bene fit of each one, what happend to onion scam? Public fund on image boosting cost and benefit to people. public fund expenditure on advertiement to boost Kejriwals image. how people
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                                            Anup Verma
                                            Feb 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm
                                            You have mentioned 5% of the achievements of Delhi Govt. and so much about the problems created by the Central Govt.
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