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The taste of Indian democracy: Will sincerity work ?

After over 70 years of Independence, India gets a state that is govern by a group of highly civilized and politically literate class that converted pre poll promises into action. What is more impressive is the way that this group of likeminded people who form a political party called Aam Adami Party (AAP) after completion of its term don’t beg for vote to return to power but left it to the people to decide among themselves either to vote for them or not by judging on what their government had done for the people of Delhi.
This political party was born in the aftermath of Anna Hajari fast-unto-death protest against corruption (2013). Even as there were differences between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hajari when the former decided to go for election, the party is still a brain child of the anti-corruption protest by Anna Hajari. When Kejriwal and his team started to fight the election with hope to change the system under the banner of the newly formed political party, many critics are of the opinion that the party and its member including the mastermind Keejriwal will be diluted to the corrupt and grotesque political culture and they will make no difference from other political party already existed in the country. But Kejriwal proves wrong to his critique and he finally showed that the system can be changed. 
Almost all members and key leaders of AAP are mostly intellectuals turn politicians and do acted with reasons. There pre-election manifesto contain no Mandir or Mosque creation but rather on issues education, jobs, health, electricity and water etc. 
New Delhi under the AAP government today have the best government schools , even better then the private run schools. And the best government schools are converted in five years of his government. This is perhaps an activities where no state government in the entire country had ever performed. The budget for the sector of education is three times more than what it was when AAP came to power. The revolutionary work that has been done by the government is being spoken about across the world. As per the report card the AAP government added 20,000 new classrooms across Delhi during their ruled. The education budget has gone up every year, hitting the figure of Rs 13,997 crore in 2018-19 — 26 per cent of Delhi’s entire budget, as per report by media. 
One interesting changes that AAP government has brought is that the government of Delhi is the first state in the country to have surplus revenue as per the report by CAG.  The audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for the year ended March 2018, noted that tax revenue and non-tax revenue also registered an increase of 14.70 per cent and 101.05 per cent respectively over the previous year, according to New India Express report.
What is interesting is the answer by Chief Minister Kejriwal when asked about how his government was able to provide free travel to public transport for women at which he said that instead of buying a Jet Plane as done by Gujarat government for VVIP ride , his government spent the kind of money for free ride to women at public transport. 
The way the Delhi government did is what the common people always desire. But it is still skeptical on to judge whether his government will return or not as Indian voters’ mindset is not so politically literate and incline more on blind fate. Many felt that Mandir or Mosque is more important than Roti, Kapara Makan. And after all the electoral system in India which is fast post the past always give those in power to play every means to win the election. People have to wait and watch on whether sincerity works in politics or not, after Delhi election.  

 

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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