DELHI,Aradhna Wal(DNA): The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi commemorated their 100 days of governance in trademark AAP style, Monday, by holding a massive meeting with the public, to report just how much work they had accomplished. The public cabinet meeting held in the heart of the capital, in Connaught Place's central park was attended by some 3,000 people all fighting to be seated in the amphitheatre with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet.
Such public meets, where Kejriwal and his men talk directly to Delhi's junta, are old hat for the party. Their stamp was all over the place, with patriotic songs playing on loudspeakers, leaders shouting slogans hailing the Mother India, and Kejriwal singing.
The meet comes on the heels of the all out war between the Delhi government and Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, through him with the BJP government at the Centre. Yet, Kejriwal, who has been a fairly angry man in recent public outings, came across less enraged and more calmly determined to keep fighting.
Perhaps that was because the Delhi High Court handed them a victory as it passed an order Monday, restoring the powers of Delhi government's anti corruption bureau and warned the Centre not to interfere.
The fight against corruption was also a plus mark in their report card, according to the cabinet. Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia focused heavily on how the government had through various means drastically brought down corruption and bribery in the city. They claimed to have stopped the "transfers posting industry" inside the Secretariat where, apparently, officials would get people plum postings for a tidy sum.
Having "no quarrel" with anyone was Kejriwal's refrain throughout the evening. He even said so about the central government. He and Sisodia added, though, that they had to fight because circumstances forced them too. They would fight as long as the Centre denied the Delhi government it's rights, which hopefully, they said would be restored in the five years of AAP governance.
Much else was laid for these five years as each cabinet minister presented his report. The promises from AAP's campaign were repeated and work already started was thoroughly detailed. The cabinet promised to increase beds in public hospitals to 20,000, increase government teachers, reduce corruption even further, speed up further setting up the sewage treatment plants for the Yamuna, put CCTV cameras and Marshalls in buses for the apparent benefit of women, increase buses manifold to strengthen public transport.
All these details proved that this government still is very much in tune with it's public as the questions the junta asked them, were on these topics. One question of statehood for Delhi did come up, to which Kejriwal squarely told the attending masses, that the answer to that was in the hands of their Prime Minister.