The AAP-led Delhi government's event to launch an anti-corruption helpline on Sunday came in for strong criticism from the Congress, which showed pictures of VIP boards placed at the event.
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken posted a picture showing VIP parking and VVIP boards outside Talkatora Stadium where AAP chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launched an anti-corruption helpline.
"Just passed through the Talkatora Stadium- Look at the pictures- How in just 50 days AAP became a party of VIP&VVIP?" he tweeted.
Just passed through the Talkatora Stadium- Look at the pictures- How in just 50 days AAP became a party of VIP&VVIP? pic.twitter.com/oOGPQewsD5— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) April 5, 2015
Slamming Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members subscribing to the "VIP tradition" which they had once denounced, Maken said, "I was passing close to Talkatora stadium, when I saw VIP board outside the venue. I moved ahead and spotted a VVIP sign board. Only in 50 days Aam Aadmi has become VIP."
"This is the same party which said that they will end VIP culture but now they themselves are making entry by placing VIP boards," he said.
The event was attended by all Delhi ministers, MLAs and senior government employees.
"They have made their MLA super-MLAs by nominating their 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretary. This has not happened anywhere in this country. They are betraying the people of the city," Maken alleged.
The stadium was filled to its capacity with 3,000 people, even as hundreds thronged outside.
Inside the auditorium over 1,500 people waited anxiously for a glimpse of Kejriwal. In many rows more than two people were squeezed into one seat and the stairways and the passages were also packed. Music and dance performances kept the audience entertained till Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, along with Satyendra Kumar Jain finally reached the stage.
Sloganeering and applause greeted the AAP government for their initiative. Slogans like, ‘bhrashtachar ka ek hi kaal Kejriwal’, ‘Kejri tum sangharsh karo hum tumhare saath hain’ and ‘vande mataram’ echoed around the auditorium as Kejriwal announced the initiative and said that the helpline will allow every Delhiite to be a crusader of corruption.
“We came here to know how the new government is planning to uproot corruption from our system. This will surely encourage more and more people who face blatant demands of bribes to report the matter,” said Manish Aggarwal, who had come to the venue directly from the railway station.
Amid all this, a man, trying to get on to the stage to meet Kejriwal to submit a complaint was allegedly shoved aside by party volunteers.
“I had filed a complaint under the Prevention of Corruption Act on February 16 but despite several letters to the CM no action was taken. In fact while they are promising anonymity to complainants through this helpline, the official that I complained against was the same person who was deputed to look after my case. The promises of removing corruption are a mere eyewash by this government,” said Amit Bhargava, who also alleges that he was taken aside and manhandled by bouncers.?