New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party leaders are not deluding themselves: They agree that their government can collapse on the very first day or within months.
What will be nagging them during this period will be the tenuous nature of their relationship with the Congress. While Psephologist Yogendra Yadav insisted that the Congress was not an AAP ally and hence it cannot dictate its agenda, senior advocate Prashant Bhushan said AAP had entered into an alliance with the Congress with eyes open, “given its past track record.”
Both admit that they do not expect the government to be stable as the Congress can pull the prop any time.
They and other AAP leaders were even more wary in their responses after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit asserted that the Congress support was “not unconditional” but it would “depend on AAP’s performance.”
Bhushan pointed out that Kejriwal would prefer to step down instead of accepting any conditions from the Congress.
In any case, the AAP government will have hardly two months to chart out its programme as its hands will be tied once the Election Commission announces the Lok Sabha elections, bringing in force the model code of conduct.Kejriwal listed five goals as his top priority, starting with his resolve on Monday to bring an end to the “VIP
culture.” As a step in this
no AAP minister will have “lal batti” (red beacon) on his car and continue to stay in their own houses and not move into spacious ministerial bungalows.
His other priorities are is to supply 700 litres of water per month to every household, halve the electricity bills and conduct an audit of the two private electric supply companies to stop them from overcharging the consumers.
Kejriwal is also seeking to usher in direct democracy or “swaraj” by asking the “mohalla sabhas” to recommend the policies his government has to implement.
Not oblivious to his campaign in 2011 with crusader Anna Hazare for a strong anti-corruption Lokpal, Kejriwal intends to get the law enacted for a strong Lokayukta in the very first session of the Assembly. He wants to have the ombudsman in place within 15 days.