New Delhi, Mar 14: As Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government completed its one month in office, the opposition BJP has criticised the new dispensation for failing to deliver on several fronts.
Coming down heavily over Arvind Kejriwal-led government in the national capital, BJP's legislature party leader Vijender Gupta said the government has not yet fulfilled several promises e.g. the national capital is still waiting for 'anti-corruption' helpline.
While the Congress has said one month's time is too less to judge the new government.
As AAP government completed 1 month in office today, it came out with a list of its "achievements" which included slashing power tariff by 50 per cent, free water upto 20 litres per month and simplification of VAT payment among others.
On the eve of completing one month of AAP government, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that they had a good experience and government is working with full confidence.
"Last one month was spent to make reforms in the government system and exploring avenue to maximum utilise information technology. We also took major decision in last one month by deducting electricity bill by half and giving free water," Sisodia told a press conference here.
On February 25, Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government had announced a 50 per cent subsidy on monthly power consumption of up to 400 units and 20,000 litres of free water per month to all households that would cost the exchequer around Rs 1,670 crore annually.
He said that this water scheme has been extended to group housing societies as well and sewerage charges have been waived as well.
Government has already announced that it will revamp its anti-corruption helpline, which was launched during its earlier 49-day stint. Sisodia said that one lakh old-age pension beneficiaries were waiting for their pension for over two years, due to verification.
"We did speedy verification on fast track basis. Now 50,000 are verified and pension of 30,000 beneficiaries is already been released and by March 31, we will transfer the amount to the rest 20,000 verified pensioners. In next two months, we will verify and release old-age pensions of other benificiaries," he said.
Things aren't going well for the AAP ever since it came to power in the national capital. The party has seen lots of infighting over the past two weeks as it is facing its worst ever crisis and infighting.
A month after it vanquished the BJP and the Congress to take power in Delhi, AAP is battling its worst internal crisis, causing widespread dismay in its rank and file.
AAP leaders admit they are eagerly awaiting the return of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from Bengaluru, where he is undergoing naturopathy treatment for cough and high blood sugar, to put out the fires which are threatening to engulf India's youngest political party.
It was on February 14 that the AAP scored a stunning electoral victory, winning 67 of the 70 seats in Delhi's assembly, leaving the BJP with just three. The Congress -- India's oldest party -- was wiped out.
(With inputs from agencies)