Never short of political hyperbole and provocative quotes, Kejriwal;s dogged anti-establishment stand endeared him to voters.
From spearheading a party which claimed one of the biggest electoral victories in Delhi’s political history to locking horns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal’s stint as Chief Minister of Delhi has been filled with the requisite drama and twist associated with the Indian political landscape.
Never short of political hyperbole and provocative quotes, Kejriwal;s dogged anti-establishment stand endeared him to voters. But as his government completes three years, there’s a feeling he has spent a major part of his tenure targeting BJP and PM Modi, in particular and AAP’s drubbing in the civic poll results were an indicator that the Delhiites are not too pleased with his government.
Here we look at some of the achievements and failures in these three years of AAP's rule:
- Mohalla Clinic scheme: The health scheme drew praise from the likes of Kofi Annan and WHO officials but only 160 clinics are operational at present because of land shortage.
- Free water scheme: Kejriwal has been personally monitoring projects like providing water and sewer lines in unauthorised colonies and setting up mini-decentralised sewage treatment plants there.
- Increased focus on education: The Kejriwal government allocated a quarter of its budget to the education sector and this move was definitely a boost for state government schools.
- Public transport: No new DTC buses and last-mile connectivity also remains poor.
- Infrastructure: The Rs 5,000 crore plan to redesign 10 roads to decongest them is stuck in a limbo. The east-west elevated corridor and north-south corridor projects are also stuck.
- Yamuna project: The Kejriwal government had promised to develop a 5-km riverfront on Yamuna but there is no concrete plan ready.
- Aam Aadmi canteens: There were plans to open 100 canteens, offering low-cost hygienic food. But only one canteen was opened on a pilot basis and shut after t o months.
- New colleges: The Kejriwal government had planned to open 20 new degree colleges but the plan was dropped as affiliation was allowed only with Delhi University.