30 days in office: Govt manages to steer clear of AAP crisis
Its performance has not been gloomy by any measure. But a more cohesive AAP would have pleased deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia more when he gave full marks to his government and promised efficient and more effective delivery of services in the future.delhi Updated: Mar 14, 2015 01:38 IST
Its performance has not been gloomy by any measure. But a more cohesive AAP would have pleased deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia more when he gave full marks to his government and promised efficient and more effective delivery of services in the future.
Sisodia presented the government’s one-month report card at a time when the positivity of a historic electoral win last month has slightly faded and a dismayed rank and file was waiting for the return of its leader Arvind Kejriwal from a naturopathy clinic to douse the flames.
Torn between two groups, AAP has been facing an internal crisis amid allegations and counter allegations. But those in the government insist the delivery mechanism is running smoothly.
“As CM, Arvind Kejriwal is not directly involved. The fight in the party involves ‘non-state actors’, having nothing to do with the running of the city. But yes, there’s more gossip in the secretariat,” said a top bureaucrat.
AAP minister Satyendra Jain doesn’t consider himself a politician. “I’m not part for any these councils, and committees. I start early and leave office post midnight. My job is to fulfill the tasks assigned by Kejriwal,” he said.
Jain insists he is working more during his second stint in office. “In the previous government, I had the health portfolio. This time I also have PWD and power. Hence, I have more reasons why I should focus more on work and not on politics.”
Delhi’s transport minister Gopal Rai said despite the crisis, the government was working hard to make a difference in the lives of people.
In Kejriwal’s absence, Sisodia has tried his best to stay as much away from the internal party fight and focus on governance. He has hardly answered a question relating to the fight between Kejriwal and the duo of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav.
“Manish’s stature has grown all this while. He has dealt with the crisis with grace and hasn’t let his guard down as the number two in the government,” said a member of the CM’s core team. “He and Arvind have been together for more than 15 years now. They completely trust each other. More importantly, Manish knows what Arvind wants,” he said.
Apart from the decisions taken, and promises kept, what is more important is the government looks relaxed because it has a mandate to rule the city for five years. It is working on a long-term basis. Unlike in the previous innings, no minister has so far caused the party any embarrassment.
“There is no serious confrontation. The government shows willingness to work with the Centre. The Delhi Dialogue Commission adds an element of seriousness in implementing poll promises. We’re also appointing MLAs to help ministers so that we remain in touch with the grassroots issues,” said a senior party functionary.