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AAP wins trust vote, hits ground running

Friday, 3 January 2014 - 7:23am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

Soon after  winning the confidence vote in the Delhi assembly, by 37 votes for and 32 against, Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said his government has zero tolerance for corruption and that Delhi will have its new lokpal within a fortnight.

The election for the speaker of the House will take place later on Friday. The Congress has decided not to pitch a candidate for the post of the speaker while the BJP has fielded party leader Jagdish Mukhi. AAP has nominated Jungpura MLA MS Dhir. The congress is likely to support the AAP candidate.

But with two of its promises fulfilled – free water and power at half the earlier rates – the next big step for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is to bring in a Jan Lokpal for Delhi. “No corruption in any form will be tolerated in the government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi,” said Kejriwal.

The chief minister said a special session of the Vidhan Sabha will be called in fifteen days’ time to enact a strong anti-corruption law. “The bill will give more powers to the Lokayukta of Delhi. The new law will come with stringent punishment and heavy penalty for violators. It will put the corrupt behind bars and ensure the delivery of services in a time-bound manner,” Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal announced a 17-point agenda for the government. These include providing ration cards to Above Poverty Line and Below Poverty Line people. Opening new schools and hospitals and improving the existing health and education infrastructures are two other points on the agenda.
Kejriwal said there was a need to have a mechanism to decide school fee structure. Safety of women, fast-track courts for disposal of cases of crime against women and strengthening the existing judicial machinery for quick disposal of cases pending in courts also figure in the list of things to do for AAP.

Kejriwal clarified that his government was against FDI in the retail sector. “Traders of Delhi are not in favour of the FDI. We are with them,” he said. The government also promised to provide basic facilities to those living in the unauthorised colonies and slum clusters. Jhuggi clusters will not be demolished without prior rehabilitation.

Earlier, leader of opposition in Delhi Assembly, Dr Harsh Vardhan tore into the tall claims and promises of the Aam Admi Party and its chief minister. He said that the foundation of the AAP government was based on ‘lies’ and all populist decisions taken by the government were an eyewash.

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