New Delhi: As AAP government completes 49 days in office — the tenure of its first stint, Congress today mounted a blistering attack on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, accusing him of “total failure” in governance due to “excessive” focus on containing dissidence in the party. Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken said the entire city was suffering due “absence of governance” and particularly hit out at Kejriwal for “deteriorating” financial position of the government.
“The internal fight in AAP has seriously affected governance in Delhi. The Chief Minister is only focussing on party affairs. There is a total absence of governance. Kejriwal has totally failed to deliver,” Maken said. The former Union Minister also accused Kejriwal of failing to “rein in” private power distribution companies and said instead of giving around Rs 1,670 crore to the discoms per annum under the power subsidy scheme, government should have ensured transparency in the sector and passed on the benefits to consumers.
“There is a deficit of Rs 4,500 crore in the financial year 2014-15. There has been a huge shortfall in revenue collection. The situation is very worrying. The development scenario in Delhi is really scary,” Maken told PTI. He also slammed Kejriwal for not releasing adequate financial assistance to municipal corporation, saying fund crunch has severely affected garbage removal and other operations of the civic bodies.
The DPCC Chief also took pot shot at Kejriwal for removing AAP’s internal Lokpal L Ramdas, a former Navy Chief. “The AAP was formed following the Lokpal movement and now see how the party’s own Lokpal was removed. There is no internal democracy in the party. The party is in shambles.”