Aam Admi Party Wins Vote-of-Trust, Arvind Kejriwal to Refresh Democracy

By Arshdeep Sarao, Epoch Times
January 2, 2014 Updated: January 2, 2014

On Thursday, the Aam Adami Party (AAP) won through an acid test to seek a crucial vote of trust at Delhi Assembly, proving its worth to continue govern India’s national capital.

The 28-member AAP bagged 37 votes at the assembly with seven Congress members, one of the Janta Dal (U), and one Independent member and crossed the half way barrier of the 70-member assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with its 31 members now sits in the opposition.

“We have won the confidence motion and I would like to congratulate the people of Delhi,” said Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP leader and Delhi’s 7th chief minister after winning the trust-vote debate in Delhi Assembly, according to IBNLive Blog.

“We have a lot of challenges ahead of us. We can’t face the challenges with 7 ministers or 70 MLAs, the challenges have to be faced by all the people of Delhi,” he said.

During the trust-vote debate, Kejriwal said his party is not power-hungry, and they are not afraid as people have faith in their party. “I am not seeking support for my government or party. I want your support for the common people,” he said.

While replying on the confidence motion debate in Delhi Assembly Kejriwal pointed to many grass-root level issues. He questioned the legislatures that why aam aadmi (the common man) was forced to fight elections, and himself replied by saying that when no option was left before the common man he or she was forced to enter politics. He said that a common man wants to have two time meal, electricity, water, education for their children, good law and order, and better treatment.

“Who would have thought a one year old party will win elections,” he remarked.

The AAP leader also said the need is to bring Swaraj (the self-governance), the citizens should decide as to where the money should be spent. He stressed that officials should be provided with all means and resources to make them capable of performing their public-work on time, if they fail to do so then they should be punished. While addressing women security, he brought up shameful incident of December 16 rape. He said that such cases should be sent to fast track courts for quick verdicts.

The young and the 7th chief minister of Delhi said that “most traders want to do business in a very honest manner. But, the government and bureaucracy won’t allow tat to happen. They treat them like thieves”. He stressed to enact that the Janlokpal Bill at the earliest and form a strong law against corruption in Delhi.

At the debate the vibrant chief minister also brought up the issue of unauthorized colonies and slums, asking to regularized them. He said “nobody lives in a slum out of his/her own will. It is our duty to help them.”

The newborn party emerged last year due to Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement—a social drive that caused ripples in the entire nation to improve political-ethics.

The youngest political party aims at fighting corruption and ending the VIP culture of Indian politics; the party members have declined police security, government houses, and the red lights on their vehicles.

“We will serve the people of the country with full strength and fervor.”  Kejriwal said. “I am confident that Delhi model of politics will be adopted by the entire country.”