Arvind Kejriwal Express: Just 48 days in power, but every day on the front page

Express News Service | New Delhi | February 15, 2014 4:50 pm

Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party did not miss even a day after forming the Delhi government and continued to make headlines. Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party did not miss even a day after forming the Delhi government and continued to make headlines.

Here’s a list of the headlines made by Arvind Kejriwal and his 48-day-long Aam Aadmi Party government.

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Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party have been in the news even before their stint with governance in Delhi. While its continuous attacks on governments and politicians kept the party in news before it marked a debut in the Delhi Assembly elections, the party did not miss even a day after forming the Delhi government and continued to make headlines. Here’s a list of the headlines made by Arvind Kejriwal and his 48-day-long Aam Aadmi Party government:

December 28

It was on this day that anti-corruption crusader-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, after making a dazzling debut in the Assembly elections, was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Delhi. And on this day itself, he began his work in a style that was not quite in tune with his predecessors.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s first day in office

December 30

Moving swiftly to keep its poll promise of providing free water to every household in Delhi,the Aam Aadmi Party government announced 20 kilolitres of free water every month. It worked out to 667 litres a day to households with valid water connections and functional meters installed by the Delhi Jal Board.

AAP keeps word,Kejriwal government opens freebie floodgates: 667 litres daily

December 31

A day after fulfilling his promise to supply free water, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal kept his word to slash electricity prices in the national capital and audit the private power distribution companies.

AAP fulfills another poll promise: After free water,Delhi gets half-price power

January 3

The minority Aam Aadmi Party government crossed the first hurdle in the Delhi Assembly when its confidence motion sailed through easily with the backing of the members of Congress,JD(U) and an independent.

Delhi’s AAP govt wins Trust Vote,Kejriwal vows strong action to curb corruption

January 4

Days after Arvind Kejriwal became chief minister, the Delhi government asked Delhi Police to immediately transfer over 40 senior investigators to the government ’s ACB. The move was seen as a major step by the Kejriwal government to give the ACB teeth to act against corruption in government departments.

Arvind Kejriwal seeks 40 new anti-graft officers

January 5

Education Minister Manish Sisodia seemed determined to bring about significant changes to the city’s education system, making college admission for Delhi students his priority. The minister’s announced a plan for 90 per cent reservation for Delhi residents in colleges that are fully funded by the government.

Govt plans 90% reservation in DU for Delhi students

January 7

Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday warned power distribution companies that their licences may be cancelled if they didn’t abide by rules and cooperate with the CAG audit, a move undertaken by the AAP government.

Allow CAG audit or lose licence, AAP govt warns power discoms

In an unprecedented move, the Aam Aadmi Party turned buses that were out of use into night shelters for the homeless in Delhi.

They have new home — DL1 PA 791

January 8

In a step unprecedented in governance, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while announcing an anti-corruption helpline on Wednesday, said each citizen armed with a phone could “use audio or video to perform a sting” to entrap corrupt officials.

Have a phone? Go sting the corrupt, CM tells Delhi

January 10

In what officials said was a complete violation of the Electricity Act, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced exemption for people who had defaulted on electricity bills and withdrawal of cases against those booked for power theft since March 23 last year when he launched the AAP campaign against power discoms in the city.

Kejriwal waives 10-month power bill default and theft, BJP calls it anarchy

January 11

The first of Arvind Kejriwal’s planned daily janta durbars collapsed an hour after it started, after a crowd of over 20,000 people threatened to physically swamp the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues, and the meeting teetered on the edge of disintegrating into complete chaos.

Thousands spoil Arvind Kejriwal’s durbar debut

January 12

After announcing a 10-month waiver and no action against power bill defaulters and pilferers who were “part of the (bijli-paani) andolan” last year, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal did a U-turn, saying his government was yet to take a final decision in this regard.

U-turn on power waiver: CM says no decision yet

January 13

Claiming that global experience showed FDI leads to job losses and that Delhi is not prepared for FDI, the two-week-old Aam Aadmi Party government in the capital announced that it had withdrawn the approval given to FDI in multi-brand retail by the previous Congress government.

Claiming Delhi needs jobs, Kejriwal scraps nod to FDI in retail

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a helpline, where parents can lodge their complaints on nursery admissions. A website, which will serve as an information bank for nursery admissions, was also launched.

27352525 – CM launches nursery admission helpline

Arvind Kejriwal may have refused security cover but the Chief Minister of Delhi is now getting police protection from two forces — Delhi Police and Uttar Pradesh Police. The Uttar Pradesh government started providing Z-category security to Kejriwal. This was over the Personal Security Officers (PSOs) of Delhi Police who tail the chief minister in plainclothes wherever he goes.

After cops in plainclothes, now Z-category security for Kejriwal

January 15

Hours after rebellion within the Aam Aadmi Party came to the fore with Laxmi Nagar MLA Vinod Kumar Binny threatening to hold a tell-all press conference, leaders of the BJP said they were in touch with four AAP MLAs, including Binny.

Binny revolts, BJP says it’s in touch with 4 AAP MLAs

January 16

After he led a midnight raid and tried to bully police into arresting some “Nigerians or Ugandans” who he alleged were members of “a prostitution-and-drug ring”, Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti returned and asked residents to draw up a list of houses where “such people” live and said he would personally check each one.

Two Delhi ministers, Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla, turn vigilantes

January 17

Almost 20 days after he took over as Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal finally got a house in his constituency — New Delhi. The Urban Development (UD) Ministry on Friday allotted a three-bedroom flat at Tilak Lane in Lutyens’ Delhi to Kejriwal.

CM has new address — a 3-bedroom flat on Tilak Lane

January 18

The Public Works Department was asked to submit all documents related to the Games, including the Shunglu Committee report and the CAG report, to PWD Minister Manish Sisodia.

AAP tests Congress, opens CWG files

January 19

Under fire for carrying out a midnight raid last week targeting African nationals, during which Ugandan women were allegedly held against their will and assaulted, Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti attacked the Congress and BJP, saying “it could not be helped if there were pimps in their midst”. Bharti said the two parties did not seem to care about the problem of drug racketeering.

Somnath Bharti again: ‘Cong, BJP have pimps’

January 20

It began as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s protest to demand the suspension of four police officers, but soon descended into chaos. The Delhi secretariat moved to outside Rail Bhawan, the call for the suspension of the policemen metamorphosed into a demand for control over Delhi Police, and then, even full statehood.

Capital chaos: Delhi government goes missing

January 21

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called off his protest demanding action against four Delhi Police officers after agreeing to a compromise formula, whose contours were worked out and pushed by the office of Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung.

Standoff ends: Two policemen sent on leave, Kejriwal declares people’s victory

January 22

The private power distribution companies of the city — BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd — filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court, challenging the “legality” of the CAG audit announced by the AAP-led Delhi government.

Discoms go to court, challenge CAG audit

January 23

As the law came down on Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti and some from his own party endorsed calls for action against him, the top brass of the Aam Aadmi Party decided to stand by him. Emerging from a meeting of party leaders, Yogendra Yadav told reporters that there were three issues before them: whether Bharti’s actions violated procedure, whether his remarks smacked of racism, whether he misbehaved with women. And based on “evidence so far”, he said the answer was in the negative on all three counts.

AAP panchayat rules: Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti did no wrong

January 24

Stressing that every individual holding a constitutional post is also governed by the constitution, the Supreme Court raised questions about the propriety of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet sitting in protest in violation of prohibitory orders and put them on notice over the constitutionality of their actions.

SC pulls up both Delhi govt and Delhi Police over dharna

January 25

Countering the Supreme Court which had raised questions about the propriety of his protest demanding action against Delhi Police officers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the constitution does not prevent him from staging dharnas and he would continue to take to the streets if necessary.

Constitution does not stop me from protesting: Kejriwal

January 28

The Delhi Cabinet approved the setting up of Mahila Suraksha Dal, a commando force that will be responsible for ensuring the safety of women in the capital. Setting up a special security force for women was one of the election promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party.

Govt approves special security force to ensure women’s safety

January 29

The Delhi government announced formation of a Special Investigating Team to probe the 1984 riots cases. Hours later, the Delhi Congress hit back saying the AAP government was “playing political games in the name of religion”. But the AICC maintained that it would accept such an investigation “with utmost humility”.

Let SIT probe ’84 riots cases, govt tells L-G

January 31

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday named 28 politicians he alleged were “corrupt” and said fielding strong candidates against them in the Lok Sabha elections will be his party’s priority.

First list of AAP candidates for LS polls will take on these 28, says CM

February 3

The Aam Aadmi Party alleged that representatives of senior BJP leaders Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley had attempted to bribe an AAP MLA into defecting. The BJP was quick to rubbish the allegations, saying it was an attempt to spread “false propaganda”.

AAP’s latest: BJP trying to bribe our men, topple govt

February 4

With the Congress refusing to support the Delhi government’s controversial Jan Lokpal Bill, the stage was set for a major showdown with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party it has propped up, threatening the survival of the five-week-old minority dispensation in the national capital.

Jan Lokpal Bill divides AAP and Congress, threatens Delhi government

February 6

Raising a red flag over the move by Delhi’s AAP government to bypass the Centre on the Jan Lokpal Bill, Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran said the Bill must be presented to the Lieutenant-Governor before it was tabled in the state Assembly.

Setback for AAP govt, Solicitor General rules: Lokpal needs Centre OK

February 7

Slamming Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung for seeking the opinion of the Solicitor General on the constitutionality of the Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by his government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit back, reminding him that “you have taken an oath to protect the constitution, and not to be loyal to a party or the home ministry”.

Kejriwal reminds L-G of oath to Constitution, forgets his own

Acknowledging the role auto-rickshaw drivers played in his party’s victory in the Assembly elections, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced sops ranging from annual fare revision to easing of rules for GPS installation. Any auto driver, on his way home at night, can now refuse a commuter.

Kejriwal thanks auto drivers: Will revise fare every yr, sting cops who seek money

February 9

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he would resign if the Jan Lokpal Bill fails to pass in the Assembly. “The Jan Lokpal Bill is very important for me. If it is not passed in the Delhi Assembly, I will resign. Jan Lokpal Bill ke liye 100 CM ki kursi kurbaan (I can sacrifice the CM seat a hundred times for the Bill),” he said.

Arvind Kejriwal says will quit if Jan Lokpal Bill not passed

February 11

Firing A high-profile salvo in what he called was the Aam Aadmi Party’s battle against corruption, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered the state government’s Anti-Corruption Branch to register FIRs against Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, former minister Murli Deora and former DG of Hydrocarbons V K Sibal in a long-running controversy over alleged irregularities in the pricing of natural gas from K G Basin.

Arvind Kejriwal rakes up K G Basin gas pricing, orders FIRs against Moily, Deora, Mukesh Ambani

February 12

Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, RIL Chief Mukesh Ambani, former Union Minister Murli Deora and retired Director General of Hydrocarbons V K Sibal were named in the FIR filed by Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi government in the Reliance gas issue.

Mukesh Ambani, Veerappa Moily and Milind Deora named in Reliance gas issue FIR

February 14

What began as an experiment in participatory politics 48 days ago ended Friday where it started — the Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi headquarters at 41, Hanuman Road. After the Congress and the BJP blocked the tabling of Jan Lokpal bill in Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal announced the resignation of AAP government.

AAP becoming too ‘aam’ for a party: Here’s why

Written by Shivani Vig | New Delhi | March 13, 2014 8:15 pm

AAP seems to be losing ground just at the time when it is about to make its debut on the national stage. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra)

AAP seems to be losing ground just at the time when it is about to make its debut on the national stage. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra)

All is not well with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party. From growing dissent in the party to its leaders facing the heat over various issues, the party, which originated as an anti-corruption movement, seems to be losing ground just at the time when it is about to make its debut on the national stage. If the recent developments are any indication, the party, which was perceived to be different and cashed it in this perception initially, seems to be no different from its counterparts.

On Tuesday, AAP leader Shazia Ilmi refused to contest from Rae Bareli fuelling speculations of growing dissent in the party over ticket distribution.


On the same day, educationist and child rights lawyer Ashok Agarwal resigned from the AAP, saying the party has become ‘directionless’ and that it was promoting “elite individuals.” In his letter to Kejriwal, Agarwal stressed that the party was losing its vision. The resignation on such grounds not only discredited the party but also its leadership.

With each passing day, the party, created for providing a political alternative is beginning to look like any other party.

There are strong factors for party’s imminent downfall. Here are a few recent instances when Aam Aadmi Party found itself on a slippery ground.

1. TUSSLE OVER TICKET: AAP leader Shazia Ilmi expressed her displeasure over party’s offer to contest from Rae Bareli saying that she ‘never agreed’ to contest against Sonia Gandhi. Ilmi expressed her willingness to fight from Delhi. “I am not contesting from Rae Bareli. I never agreed to nor do I now… I’ve been denying this for the last two months,” she tweeted. Reports also surfaced about Kumar Vishwas’ rift with the party over ticket distribution. However, both leaders denied reports, saying they were not upset with the party.

2. AGARWAL UPSET WITH AAP: In a jolt to the party, national executive member of AAP and eminent educationist Ashok Agarwal resigned from the party saying it worked like a “private limited company” with an aim to promote “elite individuals.” In a strongly-worded letter to party leader Arvind Kejriwal, Agarwal pointed that the movement has become ‘directionless’ and objectives for which AAP was created are getting lost. Agarwal, who is also a child rights lawyer, cited AAP’s contentious Lok Sabha ticket distribution, as the main reason of his resignation.

3. SAVITA OPTS OUT OF RACE: Savita Bhatti, widow of actor and satirist Jaspal Bhatti and AAP’s candidate from Chandigarh, opted out of Lok Sabha elections saying she was ‘not interested’ in contesting polls. Savita was believed to have had differences with the local AAP unit.

4. INFLUENCING PORTRAYAL: In yet another incident that left the Aam Aadmi Party red-faced, footage of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘off the record’ interaction with a TV anchor went viral on the internet. The footage seemed to show Kejriwal seeking to influence his portrayal in the interview. He was seen asking the anchor to play down a certain segment of their interview. While the leaked video drew sharp criticism from the political leaders, it also raised questions about Kejriwal’s stand on privatisation.

5. AAP MEN SPAR WITH KEJRIWAL: Upset over the distribution of tickets in the party, a group of disgruntled AAP party workers staged a protest outside Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. A group of around 20 AAP workers shouted slogans against the selection of some AAP candidates for the Lok Sabha polls and accused the party leadership of being inaccessible. They complained that the AAP does not implement what it preaches. The AAP workers also questioned party’s Chandi Chowk candidate Ashutosh and East Delhi candidate Rajmohan Gandhi for “parachuting” in these constituencies.

6. INK ATTACK ON AAP LEADER: An AAP member from Shalimar Bagh smeared blue ink on senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav’s face during a party event to celebrate International Women’s Day at Jantar Mantar. The man identified as Sagar Bhandari was angry with the fact that he wanted to speak to Yadav but since no one paid attention, he was not happy. The incident yet again reflected the growing grudges among the party workers.


7. AAP WORKERS TURN VIOLENT: In retaliation to protests against Kejriwal’s brief “detention” in Gujarat, the AAP workers clashed with BJP activists outside the saffron party headquarters in Delhi and Lucknow. AAP workers had stormed the BJP head office on Ashoka Road in central Delhi protesting against Kejriwal’s ‘detention’ in Radhanpur in North Gujarat where he has gone to “assess” the development claims made by CM Narendra Modi. The AAP leadership was yet again caught on a sticky wicket as prominent AAP leaders Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi were seen during the clashes. Moreover, the action by AAP workers stood in contrast to the party’s ideologies of promoting non-violence.


8. KEJRIWAL’S PLANE CONTROVERSY: Arvind Kejriwal was caught on the wrong foot as he took a chartered plane from Jaipur to Delhi to attend a conclave. As his rivals attacked him, Kejriwal said a media group arranged for the aircraft as they wanted him to attend the event. Interestingly, Kejriwal has been attacking major political leaders for using chartered aircraft of corporates for reaching the rally venues.

Press Conference details by Sarakaryavah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi at RSS ABPS meet-2014

Press Conference of Bhayyaji Joshi 9th March, 2014, Rashtrotthana Vidyakendra, Thanisandra, Bengaluru

Bangalore March 09: Suresh (Bhayyaji) Joshi, Sarakaryavaha (General Secretary) of RSS addressed the media on the 3rd day of the Akhil Bharateeya Pratinidhi Sabha being held at Rashtrotthana Vidyakendra, Thanisandra, Bengaluru.

Following is an extract of his address to the media:

“I would like to thank the media for covering the events at the ABPS during the last 3 days and taking the message to the people. We meet at the ABPS to review and deliberate on Sangh’s activities over the last one year. Many senior functionaries are also at this meet.
One of the major events last year was Swami Vivekananda’s 150th year birth centenary celebrations and it was a huge success. During the SV 150 celebrations we have experienced that the people of the country receive the ideals of Hindutva as propagated by Swami Vivekananda. The guidance of RK Mission has been phenomenal during Swami Vivekananda 150 birth centenary celebrations and Sangh gave them complete co-operation in taking forwards Swami Ji’s message to the world during the last one year.

Go Raksha and Go Seva are two other prominent issues which Sangh feels are a necessity ofr our nation. Sangh would like to take the message of importance of Go Raksha and Go Seva to the people of this country as the economic and cultural ethos of our nation are tightly coupled with it. Many organizations, including Sangh’s sister organizations, are working towards the cause and we hope that we will be successful in our endeavor. They have been successful in establishing more than a 1000 Go Shalas.

Gram Vikas is another sphere were Sangh has been working continuously. Villages are our backbone. But after 1947 people in our Villages have been kept away from basic developments that are most required, if not all which is available for our cities. Though we expect the governments to do more towards our villages, Sangh is also working towards it. Sangh is working in more than 200 villages which are becoming energy centers of our country.

It is true that a family is a basic unit in our society and Sangh also believes in it. But due to several reasons which are economical and cultural, there has been a threat to this structure. To keep the Family system intact, Sangh has taken up several initiatives like ‘Kutumb Prabodhan‘, which aims to re-introduce the values and importance of a Family in our people.

There has been an increase in the number of shakhas in the country. A detailed report regarding this and other Sangh activities has already been provided to you. Sangh shakahas run is about 55,000 villages in the country today. But Sangh’s work, through various other activities including service, has reached more than one lakh villages.

We have been successful in most of our endeavors and we wish to keep going in the right direction. Though it is difficult to achieve all our goals within a time frame, as this needs a change in the psychology of our people and the work involves common people from our society, we will keep striving for success in our work.”


Following is an extract of his Q&A session with the media:

Q: Has there been a discussion on Homosexuality and the laws regarding the same? What is Sangh’s view on this?

A: Though we have not discussed on this topic, we are of the view that anything which is detrimental to the health of the society should be detested.

Q: Will Sangh interfere in BJP’s selection process when they are unable to reach a conclusion?

A: Sangh will not interfere in the internal affairs of the party as we feel that the leaders of that party are capable enough of dealing with such situations.

Q: Dalai Lama has supported live-in relationships. But he has also supported Sangh earlier. Now, how does Sangh view his statement?

A: It is his personal view and he is entitled to it. But we will try to engage him on this convey our viewpoint on it.

Q: Where there any resolutions in this ABKM?

A: No resolutions but have taken in this ABKM but we have released two press releases. One regarding, the sinister ploy to discredit Amma which we feel is a planned effort by several people and organizations and we condemn it. The second is regarding the centenary celebrations of Nagaland Rani Gaidinliu, who fought against the British and was also awarded the Padma Shree. We have invited everyone to involve in these celebrations.

Q: Sangh had earlier called for retirement of old politicians. What is its view on several old politicians who are still active and want to contest elections even now?

A: Sangh does not give directions but is of the view that new generation should get an opportunity. It is also true that we require the guidance and experience of the older generation. Keeping this in mind we need to make the right choices.

Q: What is the view of Sangh on Corruption and Anti-Corruption movements?

A: Sangh has always been against corruption in society and has said earlier too that Swayamsevaks will involve in any anti-corruption movements. Even Sangh organizations like ABVP are also involved in fighting against corruption.

Q: With the emergence of AAP on the political scene, how does Sangh view AAP?

A: We too see AAP as you in the media do. New parties are formed in a democracy and time will decide who is right and who is not. Their performance has been visible. But if they are indeed capable of fighting corruption Sangh will surely support them too.

Q: What is Sangh’s view of Rahul Gandhi call to regard Jains as a minority community? Also how do you view his accusation that RSS members killed Gandhi?

A: Sangh has already said it does not support any move to divide the society as majority and minority. Jains are a part and parcel of the Hindu ethos, history and culture. Few of our traditions and rituals might be different but every culture of this land are Hindu.

Regarding Rahul Gandhi’s statement at a rally, we have complained to the Election commission and hope that they will take appropriate action.

Dr.Manmohan Vaidya, Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh was also present on the dais. Radhakrishna Holla of Vishwa Samvad Kendra welcomed the delegates from the press and introduced the speakers.