Ours a 48-hour government,says Kejriwal before trust vote

But ministers get on with their schedule as usual.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: January 1, 2014 11:04 pm

In what seemed like an effort to distance himself from the Congress party on the eve of the new Assembly session,Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called his minority AAP government a “48-hour” government.

Kejriwal’s remarks came in response to a query on whether his government was anxious about the confidence motion on the floor of the House on January 2. “It is not we who are fearful,I am only letting you know what I have been hearing. We do not know politics,we are the ‘aam aadmi’. We are hearing rumours from the BJP and the Congress camps. For 48 hours,we will serve the ‘janta’,” Kejriwal said.

But even as the chief minister called his government a short-term one,his Cabinet ministers went about their work as usual. Education Minister Manish Sisodia attended a function at a government school and later held a long meeting with senior officials while Transport Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj had a meeting with the secretary.

Women and Child Welfare Minister Rakhi Birla went about visiting various shelters for the homeless. SC/ST and Employment Minister Girish Soni met his officials,while Law Minister Somnath Bharti kept the law secretary on his toes,demanding files and information on how the system works.

In a major move indicating change in government stance on important legal issues,the AAP government has decided to change its entire team of law officers. Maintaining that the department is in ICU,Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Tuesday said the lawyers who have been induced in the panel on political recommendations would be shown the door.

In a meeting with the law secretary,Bharti reviewed the process of appointment of public prosecutors on Delhi government panel in criminal and civil class. Bharti also called the secretary to access litigation budget in which he found discrepancies. “There are no exact budget reports on how much our standing counsels are paid and what their performance level is. I have been briefed about the quality of the standing counsels that we have and the department will go for a major restructuring,” Bharti said.

“I want fast disposal of cases. A case should not be stretched beyond a year,” he said.

Determined to implement the party’s agenda regarding women,Bharti said,“Any case of violence against women should be completed within six months of filing of complaint. For this we need to reform and revive our panel of counsels,” Bharti said.

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