Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav has challenged the Arvind Kejriwal government to win at least 50% of the municipal seats in the upcoming municipal corporation polls in the Capital, or resign and make way for fresh elections.
Addressing the Hisab Do Jawab Do --- first rally of Swaraj India, political front launched by the ousted AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan--at Ramila Maidan on Sunday, Yadav said the AAP government has “failed” to deliver on the promises and its time it should walk the talk on the electoral reforms suggested by it such as “right to recall”.
“I challenge the AAP government. You won 250 wards (lead during the 2015 assembly elections) out of 272. Even if you win 136 of them in upcoming municipal elections, we will withdraw our demand of recall (of the AAP government). But if you fail to win, then quit the Delhi government and allow people to elect a new government. I am demanding the same what you (AAP leadership) used to demand during Ramlila Maidan movement,” Yadav said while addressing the gathering.
Yadav also announced the decision of the outfit to contest all 272 seats in the upcoming municipal elections.
Launching its election campaign, the party leaders accused the Centre, Delhi government and the MCDs of having “failed” in the governance of the national capital. The party pointed out the “failures” of the three layers of governance in Delhi.
The party also adopted a “no confidence resolution” against the Centre, the state government and the MCDs, seeking accountability. However, the AAP government remained at the Centre of the attack, with a list of ‘failures’ of the state government listed at the event.
“The AAP did not fulfil the promises it made to the people of Delhi. Be it the promise of a corruption-free government, ending the VIP culture, bringing in a strong Lokpal, full statehood to Delhi or be it making Delhi safe for women or proving permanent job for teachers, the Delhi government has failed on fronts,” party leader Prashant Bhushan said.
Rebel AAP MLA Pankaj Pushkar also addressed the rally saying that the upcoming MCD elections “won’t be of politicians or parties, but it will be of people, of their issues and of their Swaraj”.
Pushkar has been raising his voice against the AAP leadership and the government ever since Yadav and Bhushan were booted out of the party. The AAP leadership has, however, desisted from showing doors to the Model Town legislator arguing that he could leave the party on his own if he wishes to. Expulsion of Pushkar by the party will prevent his disqualification from Delhi assembly, while his resignation will lead to him losing his membership.