Rambir Shokeen, Independent MLA from Mundka, met Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday and rescinded his support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. With Laxmi Nagar MLA Vinod Kumar Binny expelled from the party last month, the AAP now has 36 seats in the 70-member Assembly. While the party now has 27 MLAs, eight from the Congress and the support of JD(U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal make up the numbers.
Shokeen said he was taking back his support to the party because the Delhi government and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal “refused to pay heed to his demands”. “I kept trying to communicate my problems and issues with the Chief Minister, but he did not pay any attention and was entirely apathetic. There are several issues that this government has done nothing about, including increasing the Lal Dora area in the rural areas of Delhi,” he said.
Shokeen said he had repeatedly told the government to prioritise the laying of water pipelines where they did not exist in the city.
“I asked the government to take this issue seriously because even under its free water scheme, there are still huge portions of the city that do not get potable water at all. I raised the issue of poor transport system in rural areas as well as a hospital in Mundka, and problems with the education sector, but the government has done very little. I met Governor Jung in the afternoon and conveyed my intention to revoke my support to the government,” he said.
After the meeting, Shokeen said he had no intention to align himself with either the BJP or the Congress. “I will work for the people of my constituency as an independent MLA.
The only thing I would like to say right now is that I am extremely disappointed with the AAP. I thought the party would work on our demands when Shoaib Iqbal and I met Kejriwal on February 4. But since then, nothing has happened. Right now, I will not align with either the Congress or the BJP,” he said.
Iqbal also wrote to the Lt-Governor but said his support to the AAP government would continue. “Keeping in view the present political crisis in Delhi, I would like to inform you that my support to the Aam Aadmi Party government still continues. As far as the matter of Jan Lokpal Bill is concerned, I would like that the present political crisis arising due to the Jan Lokpal Bill be resolved in consultation with all parties and persons. I hope that you take necessary measures to resolve the present political crisis in Delhi,” he said.