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Cong old guard comes together to slam AAP govt’s performance

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |


After a long silence former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit came down heavily on AAP government in the Capital, terming it as “advertisement ki sarkaar”. She remarked that the government made tall claims but its work remained invisible.

On completion of three years of AAP government, many top leaders of the Congress came down heavily on the ruling party. Congress released a “charge sheet” (booklet) against the government alleging its misrule and failures.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Commitee (DPCC) president Ajay Maken, while answering queries on Congress party failure in the last elections, quipped he accepted his “mistake”. He said, “it’s my fault and I will correct it. Had we been together like this we would have won MCD elections.”

Maken took a dig at the ruling party: “It is not Aam Aadmi(common ma) Party but Khas Aadmi (special people) Party.

The booklet released by the Congress highlighted party’s evaluation of different departments. “We have compared Congress’ 15-year-rule with that of AAP, based on facts and figures. We have highlighted how AAP government sidelined development.

We have also checked the reality of promises made by the AAP before Delhi elections in 2015. The Janlokpal Bill passed by AAP government is a Jokepal, which they have still not been able to get approved,” maken remarked.

Refuting the government’s claims on education, Maken pointed out, “despite big claims by Delhi government, 98,000 students left government schools. In last one year a record 9,149 people suffered from respiratory diseases, 1,40,000 people died due to diseases like cholera and diarrhoea and 111 dispensaries were closed down.”

He added that Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) witnessed a decline of 54 crore passengers due to poor service.

With top leaders of the last Congress government, including DPCC in-charge PC Chako, former CM Sheila Dikshit, Kiran Walia, AK Walia, Haroon Yusuf, Mangat Ram Singhal and Mahabal Misra sharing stage on Wednesday, the party gave a clear indication that its brigade was together and the Congress was gearing up for the next elections.

Sitting next to Maken, whose leadership Sheila Dikshit had criticised during the MCD election last year, the former Chief Minister avoided questions on campaigning for the party and its future chief ministerial face.