Swaraj Abhiyans Movement Claims Victory Over New Excise Policy

Former Aam Aadmi Party member Prashant Bhushan and members of Swaraj Abhiyan on Sunday lashed out at the Arvind Kejriwal government’s newly-announced liquor policy, stating that there was no legal sanction granted to Mohalla Sabhas to close the liquor vends and accused Kejriwal of misleading the people. Addressing the media at a press conference in Noida, Bhushan said the existing mohalla sabhas had no legal sanction to close the sprouting liquor shops and alleged the AAP is misleading people of Delhi.

Why has Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement of not opening any new liquor shops been made only for one year. Does Kejriwal want to resume his anti­people liquor policy after the MCD elections in Delhi and Assembly elections in Punjab,” he said at press conference held in Noida.

Questioning why opening of liquor vends has been suspended only for a year, he demanded shutting down of such shops which were opened without approval from local residents.

“What happened in the last 15 days that the chief minister had to make a u turn? We demand that common man should be consulted before finalizing the policy’, said Anupam, swaraj abhiyan media in-charge.

Swaraj Abhiyan had already threatened earlier to launch an agitation if liquor permits were given without consultation of local people. Activist-lawyer and the Abhiyan leader Prashant Bhushan had undertaken a public hearing over a liquor shop in Kotla Mubarakpur.

According to the new excise policy approved by the AAP government today, no new liquor shop except in malls, will come up in Delhi in the current financial year and the mohalla sabhas will be empowered to shut existing neighborhood vends if there are any complaints of “nuisance”.

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Political Impression | Arvind Kejriwal-A Habitual Trouble Shooter

A common refrain in Delhi that one often hears in Metro and Delhi streets is that Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal are best suited for protests, sit-in-dharnas and candle marches and not for governance.

As a citizen journalist, I tried to have a closer look at why Arvind Kejriwal is called a habitual trouble shooter, always picking up issues with others.

From day one, Arvind Kejriwal created an unpleasant situation in Delhi Government by indulging in frequent tussles with the LG and Commissioner of Police, defying their authority bestowed on them by the Constitution.

Tiff with Delhi LG

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The common people of Delhi who are apolitical, say that the controversy surrounding the appointment of acting Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin was totally unnecessary. Similarly, the subsequent step of transferring and sealing the office of Principal Secretary (Services), Anindo Majumdar, and appointing Rajinder Kumar in his place without the consent of LG was uncalled for.

Purchase of snooping equipment

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Another case of not giving any thought to vital issues was when the Delhi Government was all set to implement the plan for purchasing snooping equipment worth Rs 3.5 crore and to further widen the area of Anti Corruption Branch by pumping in about  Rs 35 crore wherein AAP workers would have been employed to monitor Government officials, including of the Centre and leaders of Opposition parties, through the specially created cell.

Onion/sugar scams

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Instead of concentrating on governance to fulfil promises made to common people, the AAP Government continued with daily fights with ACB Chief M.K. Meena, appointed by the LG. It was likely that this appointee was out to expose AAP Government on the issue of onion and sugar scams. The arrest of Delhi’s former Law Minister Jitender Tomar revealed that his LLB and BSc degrees were fake, which was apparently known to Kejriwal before his appointment. Many FIRs have been registered in various police stations against at least half of Aap Ministers in Delhi a dozen AAP MLAs for their involvement in domestic violence and submission of fake degrees, including the latest one against the present and past minister Asim Khan and  Somnath Bharti, who had to go behind the bars.

400 % hike in MLA perks

Appointing its 21 MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries and recommending enhancement of salaries and perks of MLAs by 400 per cent are just some of the unpopular measures taken by the AAP Government.

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