The Aam Aadmi Party, led by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Thursday won a trust vote in the State legislature with the party getting 38 ayes in a House of 70.
AAP, with 28 legislators, was supported by Congress’ eight MLAs, apart from Janata Dal United’s Shoaib Iqbal and an independent MLA.
“I assure the House that any corruption, be it by the Delhi government in the past 15 years, the municipal corporation (ruled by BJP) or by our government, none will be spared,” Kejriwal, said after winning the trust motion in the House. Listing 17 specific issues as his government’s priority area, Kejriwal said ending the capital’s VIP culture and adoption of Janlokpal bill were on top of the agenda.
Kejriwal defined his concept of the aam aadmi as one who wants an honest administration. Any person who wants corruption was a khas aadmi (special person), he said.
Stating he has no enmity with any party, Kejriwal said AAP was not established to indulge in party politics. Bringing the focus back on the rise of the common man, the Delhi CM pointed to party MLA Vandana and said, “She is a housewife, what need did she have to contest polls? Then there is Akhilesh Mani Tripathi, who had come to Delhi to write the civil services exams; what was the need for him to contest polls? ... We are all outsiders, common men...small people, who never thought we would form a party, but today those sitting in the Assembly will ponder on why the common man felt the need to form a party.”
The CM said what the common man wants is two square meals, clothes, a roof over his head, electricity, water, education, prompt medical treatment, security and a good legal justice system; but for the past 65 years, he has not got this. “Why? We all need to think about this; not about party politics between BJP, Congress and AAP,” he said.
Referring to a recent news report of two people having died in the severe winter, Kejriwal said, “Everyone in the House and all others must question why if thousands and lakhs of crores of rupees have been spent in the past 64 years, and people have not yet got the little things they expect (from the government), where did all that money go. The common man of the country wants to know, he said.