Will organise jan andolans if promises are not kept,warns Cong

The Congress also said the AAP through its promises regarding water had cheated the people of Delhi.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published: January 1, 2014 11:30 pm

A day after vowing to fight corruption at a function held at Jantar Mantar,the Congress promised to embark on a ‘jan andolan’ if the AAP fails to keep its promises within the next two months.

“The Congress is not in a hurry. We have given them 60 days to come true on their promises. But if everyone in Delhi doesn’t receive the promised 700 litres of free,potable water,then we will take to the streets and embark upon a massive jan andolan,” former Congress MLA Mukesh Sharma said.

The Congress also said the AAP through its promises regarding water had cheated the people of Delhi.

Sharma alleged that the move would not benefit those living in unauthorised and resettlement colonies,villages and group housing societies.

“Only those with working meters will benefit from this move. Those in group housing societies and unauthorised colonies and those living in DDA,NDMC and Cantonment areas will not benefit from this move,” Sharma said.

On Tuesday,the Congress claimed that the AAP’s announcement regarding the supply of free potable water was essentially achieved through “mischievous manipulation of statistics”.

Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the AAP’s policy on water was ‘hardly different’ from that followed by the Congress during its tenure.

Speaking to Newsline,Dikshit said,“The AAP’s policy on water is hardly very different from the existing one. It’s important to study what exactly it is that they have changed.”

On being asked whether or not the new policy would strain the DJB,she said this was now the responsibility of Kejriwal and was something he’d have to figure it out.

“The decision taken by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) would only benefit 15%-20% water consumers and those who really need free drinking water,would not get the promised 700 litres of water,” Sharma said.

He also condemned “the decision to make full billing and a surcharge of 10 per cent on those who consume 666 litres of water”. “This is a big fraud in the name of water conservation,” he said.

Sharma reiterated the stand taken by Delhi Pradesh Congress Chief (DPCC) Arvinder Singh Lovely that the Congress would continue to act as an opposition to AAP,while giving them outside support. Like Lovely – who had vowed to fight against corruption at Jantar Mantar on Monday — Sharma also promised to agitate in a fashion that has over the past two years been utilised by Kejriwal.

A senior Congress leader explained that the parallels,though ironic,weren’t coincidental. “After the defeat in Delhi,Congress was forced to reconsider its strategy. We missed a trick when we failed to evaluate the tactics of agitation through fasting and rallies used by Kejriwal. The Delhi Congress unit is going to be very different now,much more active and radical,” he said.

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