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AAP MLA Binny calls Kejriwal an autocrat, threatens hunger strike

Delhi Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Vinod Kumar Binny on Thursday threatened to go on a hunger strike from January 27 if chief minister Arvind Kejriwal does not fulfill the promises made in the election manifesto. Poll:Has infighting hit AAP's 'party with a difference' image?

delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2014 15:21 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Aam Aadmi Party,Vinod Kumar Binny,Laxmi Nagar constituency

Delhi Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Vinod Kumar Binny on Thursday threatened to go on a hunger strike from January 27 if chief minister Arvind Kejriwal does not fulfill the promises made in the election manifesto.

He continued his attack on the party and the government for backtracking on the promises made to the people of Delhi.

Listing the demands, he said he wanted the government to pass Anna Hazare's version of the Jan Lokpal Bill by January 25 or 26 and also start building a lady commando force for women's security.

"You (Kejriwal) have done a lot of agitation against the Congress and the BJP. Now you have to explain and show the people how your thought is different from theirs."

Binny, who defeated Congress heavyweight AK Walia in the Delhi assembly elections, said according to his sources there were close ties between Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit and the Delhi chief minister.

“This is the reason all the decisions being taken in AAP are at the directive of the Congress party. The Congress is ordering and AAP is following it,” Binny claimed.

Binny, who also stoked a controversy right before the swearing-in, had on Wednesday accused the Kejriwal government of betraying the people.

“There is a difference between what AAP says and does. Whatever AAP promised is not what they are implementing,” Binny told reporters at his residence in east Delhi's Dallupura.

“The promises in the AAP manifesto are a clever word play. I recommend a referendum to ask people if they feel AAP has fulfilled its promises,” he added.

“I appeal to the media to conduct a referendum and find out what people have to say about power and water. As against what we promised, none of the power bills have been waived off. We never said in any of our meetings that anybody using more than 700 litres will pay for entire consumption. This was introduced in the manifesto, but it hardly reaches 2% of the people.”

“Further, Kejriwal promised janlokpal within 15 days of coming to power. What happened to it? AAP had also promised a commando force for women's safety. It has not even been initiated."

He demanded that a special assembly session be called to pass the janlokpal bill as promised by Kejriwal.

He said the AAP adopts a use and throw policy to further its interests and attacked the Delhi chief minister saying he is not acting on the corruption charges on the previous regime and added that he and a handful of his aides are taking everyone for a ride.

"Kejriwal is an autocrat. There is no democracy in the AAP and whatever Kejriwal decides we second him." Binny said Kejriwal was desperate to stay in power and accused him of being a short tempered person who does not like dissent.

The MLA also reiterated his point that he had never asked for a ministerial berth or sought a Lok Sabha ticket.

"If Arvind Kejriwal has called me greedy for any post, he is telling a lie. I never sought a ticket earlier for the post of an MLA and for Lok Sabha polls even now. In fact, it was Manish Sisodia (AAP leader and education minister) who handed me a form with 100 signatures. I got my own set of signatures and then went for it," he said.

Binny also attacked Ashutosh, a senior journalist who joined AAP last week, for calling the MLA an opportunist person. “Now that the party is big, you have walked in and calling me opportunistic?” Binny said. He, however, said he will not leave the party but fight from within.

Kejriwal had on Wednesday trashed the claims made by the MLA.

"We had a meeting of all the representatives from different constituencies last evening. Why was he silent then?" the CM told reporters in the evening.

"If there are issues, why did he not speak up then? He had also come to my house to seek a Lok Sabha ticket."

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First Published: Jan 16, 2014 10:50 IST