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Kejriwal-led AAP swipes Delhi elections
Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP clean swept Delhi elections by winning 67 out of 70 seats, relegating BJP to a long-distant second position with just three seats and completely wiping out Congress
 
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party (AAP) on Tuesday clean swiped Delhi Assembly elections by winning 67 out of 70 seats, thus making a spectacular come back to power nearly a year after its government had quit on the Lokpal Bill issue. While Kiran Bedi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was sidelined at a distant second place with just three seats, Ajay Maken-led Congress was nowhere on the results scene.
 
Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Gopal Rai, Rakhi Birla, Saurabh Bhardwaj and all other prominent AAP leaders emerged victorious.

Almost all senior BJP leaders, including its chief ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi, lost the polls. Bedi was defeated by AAP's SK Bagga by 2,277 votes in Krishna Nagar constituency. The only saving grace for the BJP was victory of its former state unit president Vijender Gupta who won from Rohini.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Kejriwal on the victory and assured Centre's support for Delhi.
 
 
Addressing thousands of cheering supporters at the AAP office in central Delhi, Kejriwal said the AAP government would work in a manner that both the poor and the rich would be proud.
 
Kejriwal won the New Delhi seat with a margin of 31,583 votes defeating BJP’s Nupur Sharma, while Congress’ former minister Kiran Walia was at the third position.
 
Exactly a year after he had resigned as Delhi Chief Minister, the AAP convenor will take oath as the CM again on 14th February at Ramlila Maidan.

“Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister on 14th February at Ramlila Maidan,” AAP leader Ashutosh said after the party’s landslide victory in the Delhi Assembly polls.
 
In last election, Kejriwal had defeated the three-time Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit on her home—turf by a margin of 25,864 votes.

However, after serving the government for 49 days, he had resigned on February 14 last year after his push for the anti—corruption Jan Lokpal Bill was blocked in the state Assembly by BJP and Congress.

Meanwhile, talking with reporters, Anna Hazare, the ‘once upon a time’ guru of Kejriwal and Bedi, said the loss in Delhi is of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and not that of Kiran Bedi, who was incorporated in BJP after the announcements of polls.
 
Accepting the mandate given by Delhiites, BJP's local unit president Satish Upadhyay admitted that the party failed to understand the mood of the people.

Congratulating Arvind Kejriwal for his party's landslide victory, Upadhyay said BJP will continue to serve the people as it did in the past.

"We accept the mandate given by the people of Delhi. We failed to understand the mood of the people. BJP will continue to serve the people as it had been doing in the past. I congratulate Kejriwal on his victory," Upadhyay added.
 
Congress general secretary Ajay Maken, who was the party's face in the Delhi polls, today resigned from the post, taking moral responsibility for the humiliating defeat at the hustings.

He congratulated AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for his party's landslide victory and hoped he will fulfill all the dreams and promises made during campaigning for the Assembly polls.
 
According to reports, accepting the party's debacle, Delhi Congress President Arvinder Singh Lovely has sent his resignation to party President Sonia Gandhi.
 
Congress had won eight seats in the last Assembly polls in Delhi held in 2013 which threw a hung verdict.

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MG Warrier

2 years ago

Interesting analysis and diverse views. The debate must go on. As things stand, while there is glaring fallacy when one thinks of the vote share and number of seats won by each party, the discussion will meet a dead end in the context of coalition politics and the shift in voting pattern based on issues. Things may stabilise in course of time.
As regards the views about the recent political developments, allow me to share my view about 2014 General Election and the 2015 Delhi election:
“Delhi Elections-2015, is an affirmation of the people’s intolerance of the wide gap between preaching and practice by political leadership which was first demonstrated in Elections-2014. Though we need not underplay the roles played by Modi and Kejriwal in the two elections, one is tempted to believe that ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ have woken up from a long slumber and have decided to play the role expected of them by the writers of Indian Constitution.
Till 2013, elections in India were won or lost on the basis of money power and/or slogans which had mass-burial post-elections. In this context 2014 general election and 2015 Delhi election stand out and their relevance as ‘vote for change’ and ‘vote for honest politics’.
The role of money in elections need be reduced. Also, there is a felt need to bring some sanity in the sources and uses of resources mobilised by political parties.”

Ralph Rau

2 years ago

Not SWIPES but SWEEPS.

With the Broom.

Bapoo Malcolm

2 years ago

The same logic that gave 60% of the seats for 30% of the vote last May. Didn't see anyone complain then.

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Veeresh Malik

In Reply to Bapoo Malcolm 2 years ago

Just an observation.

In one election, with 33% of the votes, they form the government with 60% of the seats.

In another election, again with 33% of the votes, they are nowhere with 4% of the seats.

That's democracy for you?

Bapoo Malcolm

2 years ago

The same logic that gave 60% of the seats for 30% of the vote last May. Didn't see anyone complain then.

Deepak Mahulkar

2 years ago

It was of course negative voting to BJP and Congress. Also both these parties targetted Kejriwal which created sympathy wave the way hero after bashing by many rouges get sympathy. Moreover, Kejriwal's much publicised soaps like free water, discount in electricty bills, loos have gone in his fevour. Such benifits are not available even in most advanced countries. If he looks at Centre to fulfill all these,it will be injustice to other states. He has to generate funds internally and look at centre for infra projects only.

Veeresh Malik

2 years ago

54% of the votes = 67 seats.
33% of the votes = 3 seats.
10% of the votes = 0 seats.

Where is the logic in this extreme skew?

High time the election system in India was changed to provide proportionate representation.

manoharlalsharma

2 years ago

It is nothing but BOILING of an AAM-AADMI in Capital-city of INDIA as we r BOILING @ Shree Ganesh CHS.,-Nerul since 15 years 4 JUSTICE.

Suketu Shah

2 years ago

This happens only in Delhi-some outsider fooling them 2 times in 15 months.See what happened in Mumbai Oct 2014(BJP almost majority).This has taken bjp 10 steps back but they wl come strong 10000 steps forward.
Ache din ki shurvat hain.

Bapoo Malcolm

2 years ago

Seems that Fadnavis is in a scooter without a helmet and a kid in front of the "driver".

Bad example when the CM himself breaks the law and has himself photographed doing it. In case, someone decides to find the excuse that the vehicle was stationary, it still is an offence. Unless it is in a private compound.

As is number plates sported by netas, in Devnagri, and with irregular fonts.

Why cannot we all follow simple laws? Breaking small ones leads to greater carnage.

Bapoo M. Malcolm

SuchindranathAiyerS

2 years ago

BJP is a party based on an ideological cadre that is not employed from party (i.e. our hidden taxes) funds. Parachuting Kiran Bedi in like a Khangress Prima Donna would have sent the cadres home with just the BJP High Command and Kiran Bedi having to get the votes.

MOHAN

2 years ago

After Delhi win, AAP says it will challenge Mualayam's SP in next UP polls.

Poor Lalu Prasad yadav. Who will lalu choose in UP - Mulayam or Kejriwal ?

Will his 'secular' son in law (Mulayam's grandson MP Tej Pratap Singh) join AAP?

MG Warrier

2 years ago

Hope, such developments will open the eyes of the political leadership to the impatience of WE THE PEOPLE with the games the political leadersbip play with unstated support from bureaucracy and corporates. LET US CONGRATULATE THE PEOPLE OF DELHI.

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Can the Right to Services Act transform Maharashtra into a true participative democracy?
Maharashtra CM Fadnavis, while speaking at Moneylife Foundation’s 5th Anniversary, said the government would incorporate views and suggestion from citizens before getting the Right to Services Act passed in the Assembly  
 
The State Government has put out the draft of Right to Service (RS) Act or Maharashtra Guarantee of Public Services Act. In 2011, Devendra Fadnavis, now the chief minister, proposed the original draft, which stated that an official would be termed as 'habitual defaulter' after failing to provide service more than 50 times in a year.
 
Speaking at Moneylife Foundation’s 5th anniversary, Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra said, "The Draft bill of Right to Services has been made public for suggestions and views. After going through these suggestions, we will make necessary amendments, if required, and then get the Bill passed in the State Legislature." He was replying to a question raised by noted Right to Information (RTI) activist and former Central Information Commission, Shailesh Gandhi and Ashok Ravat, Honourary Secretary of All India Bank Depositors' Association (AIBDA).
 
Mr Gandhi said, "RTI and Right to Service acts of the Maharashtra government have come about eight to 10 months ago. These require improvements and a discussion is required with the Government. More powers are needed in the Right to Services Act. After the improvements, these Acts will transform Maharashtra into a true participative democracy."
 
Replying to it, the CM said, the government will look in to it and would welcome suggestions from Mr Gandhi and other activists, who are working in this area. 
 
Mr Ravat said, "Two Acts have been enacted - RTI and Prevention in Delay of Services Act. There is now one more - Right to Services Act. There is a flaw in the Right to Services Act, as it says that services will be notified. Why should the government repeat a notification, when it is there in the Prevention in Delay of Services Act. The Citizen's Charter should be final."
 
The Chief Minister clarified that the Prevention of Delay in Services Act is for staff in Maharashtra government. "The new law will help public who approach the government. We need perspectives. We have asked for suggestions before going to the Assembly," he said.
 
When Mr Ravat suggested that there should a compensation paid to the complainant who had to approach second appellate authority, the CM said the government would look into this.
 
The Right to Service Act will give the citizen a legal re-course to hold an officer accountable. RTI has shown us officials act where there is a fear of a reprimand. The Right to Services Act will ensure departments give service in a time-bound period; they will have to publish a citizen's charter giving information about all the services they have to provide, how much time it will take, the formalities needed, reasons for not meeting deadline, and imposition of some form of penalty if delivery of service is wrongly denied or delayed.
 
According to Mr Gandhi, the Act and its Rules needs to be published by every department as this would create awareness amongst the public as well as ensure the civil officers adhere to their deadline. He emphasised the use of the RS Act with RTI to bring about a change, which will rule out red-tape and harassment of common man. “If you want the government to work for you, you will have to act. It is our responsibility to enforce government accountability by making use of these acts," Mr Gandhi added.

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Shashikant Kalsekar

3 weeks ago

This is a very good decision of CM of Maharashtra.Hope the shareholders of Rameshwar CHS Ltd,Parel,Mumbai will enjoy democracy in the sanstha soon.
Please refer CMO Feedback No
1902222/2016/TAPAL

Dayananda Kamath k

2 years ago

Iam really surprised about the various govts passing acts to give rights which are inherent in principles ofdemocracy and given by constitution of india. It is failure of the governance that necessitates such rights. and it will still complicate the functioning then solving the problem. The purpose of right to information act is to make the functionary properly function. but today it is being used just to satisfy the rules of the act without any benefits of better governance. you have only right to information not the right information.

manoharlalsharma

2 years ago

THE ‘CETEGORY OF THE PLOT’ BECOME THE BONE OF CONTENTION TO ‘ LITIGANT’
Brief story of manage Registrar of co-operative (C.I.D.C.O.) and disrespecting LAW & JUDITIARY to get acquired large size of Prime located land parcel in the name of ‘Shree Ganesh Co-operative Housing Society’ plot No-1,Secter No-28,Nerul (W), Navi-Mumbai and then long-term poor maintenance through remote controlled MC to get premature ‘CIRTIFICATE OF DILAPIDATED’ Buildings to get Redevelopment Rights ‘UNOPPSED’ by chief promoters based on ‘UNDEMOCRETIC BAYLAWS’ with POLITICLE INFLUENCE and without any Capital investment (Finance) A ‘MODEL LITIGANT’
(A) Reference to a directive issued from State Government vide letter No-1093-3112-14C dated, 6th February 1993 to the Registrars of Co-operative to Register only FIVE (5) co-operative Housing societies to the A.P.M.C. traders/market functionary for residential accommodation (As per submission to the HC/Mumbai from ‘C.I.D.C.O.’ legal department ) In the year of 1993, but instead of FIVE, registered SIX (6) and surprisingly all of the allotted plots from ‘C.I.D.C.O.’ are developed and sold as ‘GENRAL-CATEGORY’ with a contractual ‘RIDER’ in all development agreements were assured to membership of the respective Housing Societies by a single developer i.e. MAYURESH DEVLOPERS, including the sixth one, is listed as plot No. 1, at Sector 28, Nerul (W) , allotted to ‘Shree Ganesh Co-operative Housing Society’, but immediately after getting Occupation Certificate, Society Committee adopted an ‘undemocratic’ bye-laws to deny our membership even after most of the individuals having sale agreements as ‘TRI-PARTY’ i.e. - Builder / developer + Society Promoters + We, individually
(it is a matter of an Investigation by agencies like Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)),
(B) Since last ,15 years blocking of Basic Membership rights of 314 families by MC has created unwarranted litigation on a/c of A.P.M.C. and NON-A.P.M.C. with hidden material from an already decided PIL -474/1996 & of rejected WP-5771/97 with remark as ‘it is an abuse of the process of law’ then Supreme Court also rejected the SLP/10922 -10998 with respondent as chief Promoter appearing on No-12 and was one of the part of WP-5771/97 and
(C) At present WP-8508/2003 to get STAY order against the final order of State Government to change by laws and accommodate us as member based on our HC WP-No 4481/2001 vide No- RVA 2702/CR-208/15-C, Date-25/08/2003 it is an contempt of court again

manoharlalsharma

2 years ago

Can the Right to Services Act transform Maharashtra into a true participative democracy? I am not understanding what kind of country we belong whenever we submit any of the document or complaint we r not receiving INWARD NO- then the authority do not sending any type of COMMUNICATION with the person submitting in u WRITTEN format,Even the HC do not have CITIZEN-CHARTER

VIJAY MERCHANT

2 years ago

Delighted to read the summary of proceedings of the public meet with Hon. Chief Minister Mr Phadnavis. He has provided a welcome change in a CM responding to citizen's concerns. If the promise of time bound response is honoured it will be music to harried citizens of Maharastra who normally need to visit government offices thrice or four times to get a simple issue attended.It may be worthwhile to let your readers know whom to address the suggestions for Right to Service Act so that they do not end up in some file later.

Suketu Shah

2 years ago

The act wl serve its purpose provided respected CM takes into account views of honest national activists like Mr Gandhi and not Mantralaya babus who wl try to create some rule which defeats the whole purpose.

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