Addressing a scheduled press conference, which was billed by AAP as the “final” one on alliance, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh indicated that the two parties were still in talks.
Official documents accessed by The Indian Express show that in December 2014, when the BJP MP organised the event, the project had no approval from either the Union government or the Delhi government — equal partners in the DMRC.
Last June, after the L-G panel submitted its report, the AAP government had mounted strong opposition, with CM Arvind Kejriwal sitting in front of Baijal’s residence on a dharna. Eventually, the draft SOP was never issued.
Explaining the rationale behind the demand, Haryana AAP spokesperson Sudhir Yadav said that apart from proximity to Delhi, these seats suit AAP factors such as caste and religion play less of a role here.
The report observes that the crisis of unsustainable parking pressure in residential neighbourhoods has created serious law and order problems, including deaths, local congestion and toxic exposure and erosion of well-being and liveability.
Singer Vishal Dadlani, a vocal AAP supporter who has also been a star campaigner in 2014 and 2015, said he is likely to be abroad during the election but was “determined to try and find a small window to campaign”.
Dilip Pandey, who is contesting from the Northeast Delhi seat, said he is following the AAP’s tried-and-tested strategy of directly raising funds from people, while also taking in all forms of donations, including motorbikes and bicycles for volunteers.
Promises made by the Chief Minister include housing for all within 10 years, robust law and order, 85% reservation in Delhi government jobs and colleges for local youth, and an immediate end to the sealing drive.
One of the major findings of the inquiry is the fact that the hotel was running since 1993 without any approved or sanctioned building plan from the erstwhile united municipal corporation, which means licences and renewals over the years were granted to an illegal structure, official sources at the Delhi Secretariat said