One year of AAP Govt in Delhi

NEW DELHI: Exactly a year ago, on February 14, Arvind Kejriwal took his oath as Delhi chief minister after a sweeping victory of 67 out of 70 seats. It has been a year of highs and lows for the party that ended BJP’s winning streak and uprooted Congress from the National Capital. AAP pretty much stayed in the news throughout this period for all the right and wrong reasons. From implementing odd-even rule to providing the much-needed electricity subsidy and tussle with the Centre, it was a roller-coaster of a year for Kejriwal government. But did they keep their promises? Did they deliver? Is there hope for more? Here’s a report card of Aam Aadmi Party’s first full year in power:

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia waves to the crowd after taking oath of office. File Photo.

Thanks to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for offering ‘tangible’ benefits to them with its 50 per cent subsidy on power bills, Delhiites aren’t complaining, even as its other poll promises in this sector are yet to take off.

Giving free water to all households; scrapping the annual hike in rates that the Sheila Dikshit government had introduced; and cracking down on the tanker mafia that thrived because of the city’s unplanned nature – these were the promises. A year later, the government’s record on water has been mixed.

The Aam Aadmi Party has its origins in the India Against Corruption movement organised by Anna Hazare. But what has the party done in a year to make Delhi ‘corruption-free’?

As Delhi’s car population increased, number of elevated roads, signal-free corridors tried to keep pace but failed. However, AAP took a different path to tackle the issue of transportation in Delhi.
From promises of making government schools better, to regulating private schools and increasing the prospects of higher education, the AAP had pledged a lot to Delhiites.
The AAP’s power tussle with the Centre has regularly made headlines in the one year it has been in power. Here’s how it affected governance in the due course of the year.