AAP Government is an advertisement Govt, says ex-CM Sheila
In a move that is being considered crucial to revive the base of the Delhi Congress before possible bypolls on 20 Assembly seats, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday joined Congress' State unit president Ajay Maken and other senior party leaders including Sajjan Kumar, AK Walia, and Haroon Yusuf to expose alleged failures of the of the city Government on various fronts including health, education, administration, transport and other aspects of governance in the third consecutive year.
The party leaders also unveiled a booklet on the Government's three years of rule named 'teen saal! Delhi behal!'
Addressing the Press conference, Sheila Dikshit hit out at the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation, saying the work they claim to have done remains invisible. People should be wary of the AAP Government and it is a matter of concern that work claimed to be done by it is nowhere to be seen, Dikshit said.
"I do not want to say much but people know AAP Government is an advertisement Government," she said. However, she avoided questions on campaigning for the party and its future Chief Ministerial candidate.
Maken also hit out on alleged failures of the AAP Government in various sectors. "Around one lakh students have left the Government schools in two years and the Delhi Government is claiming to have improved the education sector," he said.
He further said that the Government has added only two buses in 'Delhi Transport Corporation' (DTC) fleet in the first three years while at the time of the Congress Government added 3,125 buses in DTC fleet.
Talking about the rift among the senior Delhi Congress leaders, Maken said, "It's my fault and I will correct it. We would have won the MCD elections if worked together," he said.
He further alleged that only eight per cent of households are being benefited from water subsidy provided by the Government. "The party had promised to amend the Delhi Jal Board act to make clean drinking water a right of people. But nothing has been done towards it," he said.
The coming together of the two leaders holds significance as Dikshit had earlier said that Maken failed to reach out to the people after the Congress's defeat in MCD polls last year.
"The party was not able to reach out to the voters, the way we should have. Any excuse can be given when you don't want to do anything. The decision has to be taken by the high command. The leadership needs to introspect," she had said.
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