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Auto brigade deserts Arvind Kejriwal ahead of Lok Sabha poll campaign

Autorickshaw drivers are upset with AAP's 'failure' to implement promises made to them last month.

New Delhi | Updated: March 2, 2014 6:51 pm
 Kejriwal is scheduled to address public meetings in Maval, Mumbai, Nagpur and some other parts of the state. Delhi auto drivers snub AAP ahead of LS polls. (PTI)

Most autorickshaw drivers will not be advertising for Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the coming Lok Sabha elections as they are upset with his government’s “failure” to implement promises made to them last month.

“Unlike in Delhi Assembly election, we would not advertise for AAP in the coming polls as Kejriwal government failed to implement any announcements made at a Mahasabha durign its 49-day rule,” said Rajendra Soni, general secretary of Delhi Autorickshaw Union which covers most of the auto drivers across Delhi.

Kejriwal had last month announced that transport department and traffic police would not seize autos for minor violations like drivers in not proper dress and that such action will only be taken if a vehicle didn’t have license, permit and fitness.

“Transport department and traffic police still continue to seize autos for minor violations. When we recently reminded transport and traffic officials about the government’s order, they said that they have not got any written direction from the government’s side,” Soni added.

Mukesh, an auto driver, said that 49 days were enough to issue written order or notification, but the  Kejriwal government didn’t do anything in this regard.

AAP-led government on February 7 had also announced its decision to issue 5500 NCR permits to autos.

“This promise was also not fulfilled. Without Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments’ consent, Delhi’s autos cannot ply in Noida,Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon,” he said.

There are nearly 80,000 autorickshaws running in the capital.

The Aam Aadmi Party had acknowledged their role in its electoral success and promised to address their grievances.

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    Mar 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm
    Kejri won't sleep today and the coming days. No seat for AAp in Maharashtra, it is on down swing in delhi too. At all india level its vote share is a meagre 3.5%! It seems kejri's gimmicks, theatrics are not going good with the people
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      Leo Frank
      Mar 4, 2014 at 7:54 am
      By the time elections arrive (April-May 2014), the AAP will have none other than 'Trust Deficit' as its major weakness. If not addressed immediately, it does not stand to come up even as a formidable opposition.
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        Aashi Saxena
        Mar 3, 2014 at 9:27 am
        We want a stable government. It has been proved If AAP is involved in the government the it can not be stable.Do not trust him. He cannot perform. He will resign and go within 50 days. He can not stand to pressures of the office.
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          Lily Khanna
          Mar 3, 2014 at 9:25 am
          Kejri says AAP will help form government at the centre. Then he could have done the same in Delhi. Why did he run away from discharging his duty blaming BJP and Congress for his incompetence? He is dreaming of winning 100 seats. If his party wins 5 to 6 seats it will be a great achievement!