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Kejriwal Has Got Half-Way Across The Road – Is It Enough?

Kejriwal Has Got Half-Way Across The Road – Is It Enough?

Kejriwal's promises of the moon for Delhites would be what would measure his success and failure as Delhi's Chief Minister. The controversies plaguing his party and party workers would assume a backseat if he succeeds in delivering the promises he made to the people who went out to vote for him.

Kejriwal’s success on this front would certainly absolve him and his party workers who have been mired in controversy for a some time. They seem to have breached the principles of honesty that were supposed to form the bedrock of the party.

Kejriwal got half-way through the test when he provided for cheaper power and water for the poor within a month of his former reign. He gained the sympathy of roadside vendors and slum-dwellers by assuring them of a permanent home and livelihood.

But Kejriwal has crossed only half the road. Fulfilling other promises like getting more power for Delhi from the Centre is not going to be an easy task. The great Indian middle class is still waiting for promises over better facilities for education, city transport, environment and healthcare to come true.

In a bid to fulfill his promise of a clean and transparent government, Kejriwal appointed 21 new members of the Delhi Legislature Assembly as parliamentary secretaries, but clearly declared them not to be eligible to any perks or pay. This way, there would not be any more burden on the exchequer.

His first innings as Delhi Chief Minister in January 2014 was followed by a slew of protests, sit-ins, and janata-darbars. It was a new way of governance shown to Delhites, but the way shown in the second-innings is also unique.

 

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