Where's The Aam Aadmi, Mr Kejriwal?
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has been undergoing crisis since the time it came to power in Delhi earlier this year. People are watching the AAP with great interest for it promises to take the common person on board as a major stakeholder.
However, the recent episodes suggest that the AAP is following the footprints of mainstream political parties. Critics alleged that the Kejriwal government was not keeping its promises and straying from its core values.
The electricity bill of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Civil Lines residence was about Rs 91,000 for the months of April and May, according to an RTI reply.
The General Administration Department of Delhi Government has furnished the copies of electricity bill of Kejriwal's Civil Lines residence running into Rs 91,000. The RTI query was filed by Vivek Garg, an advocate and RTI activist.
"The Chief Minister's residence has two electricity metres. The latest bills for the two metres are Rs 55,000 and Rs 48,000 (total Rs 1,03,000)," claimed Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Kapoor said.
In March this year, the Delhi government spent over Rs 85,000 on Kejriwal's treatment, according to an RTI response.
Kejriwal had visited Jindal Naturecure Institute in Bengaluru for 10 days. Charges for the treatment were Rs 71,925 while airfare cost the administration Rs 13,305. The total amount spent on the AAP chief was Rs 85,230.
According to media reports, the Kejriwal government's controversial TV advertisement has cost the exchequer Rs 2 crore. The production cost of the ad made by a government-empanelled agency is about Rs 4 lakh.
The AAP government has till date spent about Rs 4 crore on all kinds of advertising, including outdoor, newspapers and TV spots.
Still, Kejriwal now has a full term in Delhi to look forward to as the unchallenged leader of his party. The greatest danger, however, Kejriwal faces by his recent actions is to lose the support of the middle classes.