The auto-rickshaw drivers were the biggest Aam Aadmi Party supporters during the Assembly elections in Delhi last year. When they stepped out to cast their vote on Thursday morning, they evaluated how many issues the party managed to address during its 49-day government in the Capital.
A few of them said they had expected the new party to solve their problems when it came to power in December but it let them down.
“We voted for change this time. They (AAP) had made huge promises to us before the assembly elections and we followed them blindly. But they proved no different,” said Kishori Lal, who claimed he campaigned for the AAP during assembly elections.
Granting permits to run auto rickshaws in the national capital region, getting them rid of the finance mafia, ensuring an income of at least Rs. 25,000 per month to every auto driver, improvement in the fare structure, granting 5,500 new permits for Delhi-NCR region, creation of new auto-rickshaw stands and transfer of power to challan from traffic police to the state transport department were some of the promises the Aam Aadmi Party had made before the assembly elections.
According to an estimate, more than half of 80,000 auto-rickshaws in Delhi supported the AAP. The party had also put up their posters on a large number of auto-rickshaws.
“Not only did they fail to address our issues, the party failed to provide a stable government in Delhi and ran away in less than two months. We voted for a stable government this time and AAP is not capable of giving us a strong government at the centre,” said Devender Kumar, a driver from Kirari.
However, some auto-rickshaw drivers felt the party deserved another chance. “All other political parties have failed us. This party shows some promise,” said Budyanti Gautam, a driver from Rohini.