Updated: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:45:00 GMT | By India Syndicate/ Agencies

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

Controversies dogged the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi from Day 1. Now that Delhi is under Presidential rule, we bring you events from the time AAP trounced Congress, its ascent to power, its style of governance, controversies and the circumstances that led to the imposition of President’s rule


AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© Getty Images)

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party wiping out Congress in Delhi is nothing short of a political sensation. Catching the imagination of the people and cashing in on social media and crowd-sourcing, the one-year-old party has come to power. The real test for the party is the way it governs – meeting the electoral promises and facing the usually Delhi-focussed media. We recap events that followed the Delhi election, AAP’s road to power, its self-to-be-blamed controversies, President’s rule, et al

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In focus: AAP’s governance

Common man and the Delhi throne

Trust vote: Kejriwal crosses first hurdle (© Reuters)

AAP against crony capitalism, Kejriwal tells industry
We might have made mistakes, our policies might be wrong, but our intentions are not corrupt: AAP chief

President's Rule imposed in Delhi
President accepts Delhi Lt Governor’s recommendation and imposes President’s Rule in the national capital

AAP trying to emerge as third alternative in Gujarat
Congress and BJP dismiss possibility of AAP 'defying history' and emerging as a third party in the state

Man who hurled shoe at PC is AAP nominee for LS polls
Jarnail Singh, the man who threw a shoe at Finance Minister P Chidambaram, back when he was Home Minister, in 2009, will contest LS polls for AAP

AAP govt doled out Rs 323 cr to Reliance: BJP
BJP accuses AAP of doling out Rs 323 crore to Reliance from funds meant for the three municipal corporations when it was in power; says the move exposes true colours of the Kejriwal-led party


Khurshid terms Kejriwal as runaway groom
With Arvind Kejriwal submitting his resignation, Union Minister Salman Khurshid calls him a runaway “groom”; J&K CM Omar Abdullah says he acted in haste and it was probably the former Delhi CM’s “aim” to resign

AAP announces first list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls
Aam Aadmi Party has decided to field former journalist Ashutosh against Union minister Kapil Sibal from the Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi

RIL plans to take Arvind Kejriwal to court
Reliance officials confirm they plan to ‘resort to the available legal remedies’ in response to Arvind Kejriwal’s FIR

Dikshit accuses Kejriwal of witch hunt
Former Delhi CM attacks AAP leader for having fooled the people of Delhi and questions AAP’s intentions for forthcoming Lok Sabha polls

Jaitley on AAP govt’s exit: ‘Thank God, nightmare is over’
BJP leader Arun Jaitley says it was a government without an agenda and without an ideology, committed to populism and demagogue

AAP to launch nationwide anti-corruption rallies
Intending to clean up ‘a corrupt system’, AAP kicked off its ‘Jhadu Chalao Yatra’ across 24 states

Kejriwal had to resign, it was not a matter of choice: Sheila Dikshit
Ex-Delhi CM takes a dig at Kejriwal, says AAP leader had to (quit) because he had said he was not going to rule by the law

Union cabinet imposes President’s rule in Delhi
The assembly will now be kept in suspended animation

Kejriwal slams Lt Gov for not dissolving House
Under fire Kejriwal attacks Najeeb Jung even as host of senior political leaders criticise AAP’s brief but controversial reign at the national capital

LG rejects recommendation to dissolve Delhi Assembly
AAP government Friday had recommended to the Lt Governor to dissolve the assembly and hold fresh elections

Delhi Secretariat: The day after AAP and Kejriwal
In a tumultuous 48 hours, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has stepped down from his post as Delhi Chief Minister, a mere 49 days after being sworn in, leaving the national capital facing a period of President’s Rule

Kejriwal violated oath of CM's office: Shinde
Union Home Minister attacks AAP leader and defends Congress and BJP’s position

AAP to contest LS polls under Kejriwal: Yogendra Yadav
Kejriwal targets post of Prime Minister, following brief and controversial tenure as Chief Minister of Delhi

Kejriwal remains people's hero after resignation
Kejriwal had on numerous occasions threatened to resign if the bill was not passed

Will quit if Lokpal bill not passed Friday: Kejriwal
If it (bill) gets beaten and defeated by the Congress and BJP, I will resign, says Delhi CM

AAP leaders meet to decide party's next move
AAP leaders hold meet to decide next step after founder Arvind Kejriwal resigns as chief minister of Delhi

Events leading to resignation of Arvind Kejriwal
Kejriwal quits as Delhi CM after 42 MLAs vote against introduction of Jan Lokpal Bill in state assembly

Kejriwal remains people's hero after resignation
Kejriwal had on numerous occasions threatened to resign if the bill was not passed

Didn't vote against Bill: Lovely
We wanted Bill to be brought in accordance to the laid down procedures of the Constitution: Delhi Cong chief

AAP supporters angered with BJP, Cong for govt's fall
Kejriwal's supporters, wearing AAP caps, shout slogans against the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party

AAP against Sheila Dikshit FIR's withdrawal
Since Dikshit is not holding any government post, no sanction would be required to prosecute her

Will Kejriwal's gamble pay off?
AAP founder resigned from his position as the Chief Minister of Delhi

No point in being in power after Jan Lokpal setback: Bhushan
AAP has lashed out at the BJP and Congress party for being responsible for the fall of the government in Delhi

What the AAP government achieved in 49 days
We list the achievements of the short-lived AAP government in Delhi

AAP not serious to govern: Cong
He is a negative person, glib-talker and a smooth liar who was looking at an excuse to run away, says Cong

Arvind Kejriwal, the man in a hurry
AAP chief set a scorching pace to fulfil his anti-graft legislative agenda but his journey as CM ended in 7 weeks

Arvind Kejriwal's speech after resigning as Delhi CM: Full text
Everyone knew Cong and BJP looted the country together, but in the last two days, this game has been played out in front of everybody, he says


Kejriwal steps down, stage set for national role
Decision follows the defeat of AAP's attempts to introduce Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi assembly

AAP snubs L-G, to go ahead with Lokpal Bill
AAP decision comes after 42 MLAs vote against the introduction of Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi assembly

AAP slams L-G for not disclosing association with Ambanis
Party spokesperson Ashutosh says Jung had worked with "Ambanis" in the past

AAP snubs Jung, says will pass Jan Lokpal in open stadium
Delhi govt says "democracy must not be confined within four walls", questions Delhi Police

Gas pricing RIL favoured by UPA, BJP silent, says FIR
Decision (to hike gas price) was taken by govt shows it wanted to favour RIL for corrupt considerations, says plaint

AAP partly waives off power bills for 24,000 people
Sisodia says the penalty imposed on these people for delayed payment would also be scrapped

AAP defers tabling Jan Lokpal bill
AAP government will not table the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly today; bill will be circulated to all legislators first

AAP expands across India, but will it click in polls?|
AAP is attracting youths, activists and professionals as well as retired bureaucrats in thousands

Mukesh Ambani, Moily named in FIR over gas price
Cases were filed against RIL chief, oil minister and ex-minister for allegedly creating artificial gas scarcity

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal takes on Mukesh Ambani over gas pricing
Kejriwal questions substantial increase in per thermal unit cost payable to Reliance Industries that came into effect in 2007, when Murli Deora was oil minister


Reliance threatens legal action against Kejriwal's gas price FIR
Ambani and Reliance respond to Kejriwal’s gas price allegations

Independent legislator withdraws support to AAP govt
Govt teeters on edge with new quit threat leaving them potentially one short of majority in 70-member assembly

LG seeks law ministry's view on Lokpal Bill
Lt Governor's office says it has referred issue to the ministry for a 'final opinion' and avoid dispute

Ready to sacrifice CM post 1000 times for swaraj: Kejriwal
AAP govt plans to table Jan Lokpal Bill and Swaraj Bill on the floor of the Delhi assembly on Feb 13

Kejriwal unable to run govt, looking at an escape route: BJP
Delhi CM says he will go to "any extent", including resignation, to get the Lokpal Bill passed, a point that has been attacked by the BJP

LG joins issue with AAP over Lokpal Bill
Najeeb Jung asks Delhi govt to reconsider decision to pass bill in Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium

I am not trying to topple myself: Arvind Kejriwal
AAP founder has rejected talks that he was trying to quit ahead of the upcoming LS polls

SC breather for Delhi from power crisis
Apex court asks NTPC to supply power to discoms, gives latter two weeks' time to pay up dues

SC notice to Kejriwal on defamation suit
Apex court stays operation of HC order that permitted Kejriwal to move lower court for his discharge in case

BSES moves SC against NTPC notice to cut power supply
Supreme Court approached by power companies in Delhi over NTPC notice and will hear counsel’s plea on Friday

Binny to withdraw support to Delhi government
Expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny decided to withdraw support to the Delhi Government, while terming Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of being "more dangerous" than a corrupt person.

Arvind Kejriwal atacks Anil Ambani on power controversy
With the confrontation on power issue intensifying, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today attacked ADAG chairman Anil Ambani whose group operates two power distribution companies in the city.

AAP protests outside Jaitley's house, BJP retaliates
AAP members protest outside BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s house a day after its party MLA alleged that the leader tried to buy him off by offering Rs 20 crore; BJP also launched a counter protest accusing Arvind Kejriwal of betraying the people

AAP asks DERC to revoke BSES license if it cuts power
AAP government recommends to power regulator DERC to revoke licenses of power distribution companies if they fail to pay dues and resort to long outages; say extensive blackouts due to fund crunch is not acceptable

3 Ugandan women held hostage, AAP seeks MEA protection
Three Ugandan women approach AAP government alleging they were being held hostage by drug mafias in Delhi; Kejriwal government approaches ministry of external affairs seeking protection

Arvind Kejriwal ‘most unimpressive’ politician: Pakistan daily
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal receives mixed reactions from Pakistani media; one daily calls him “most unimpressive” while another praises him for his simplicity

Founding member of AAP quits
Former diplomat and AAP founding member Madhu Bhaduri says she was heckled at a meeting for introducing a resolution condemning Somnath Bharti’s role in the midnight raid; quits the party saying AAP is "on a dangerous path"

AAP lawmaker claims BJP attempted to buy him off
AAP MLA Madan Lal says he was approached by BJP leaders including Narendra Modi to buy him off for Rs 20 crore; however, he adds that he has no proof to back his allegations

Claiming support of 5 MLAs Binny threatens to pull down AAP govt
Expelled MLA Vinod Kumar Binny issues 48 hour-deadline to AAP government to meet his demands on fulfilling poll promises; says will the Lt Governor and withdraw support otherwise

Discoms trying to blackmail govt: Kejriwal
Kejriwal says Tatas and Ambanis were not the only companies in the country and government was willing to bring new players

Rahul, Chidambaram in AAP's 'most corrupt' list
Kejriwal's list also includes high-profile leaders from Congress, BJP and their allies

AAP to contest over 350 Lok Sabha seats
The AAP made a stunning debut in the Delhi elections where it gave stiff competition to the BJP and the Congress with its founder Arvind Kejriwal elected as the Delhi Chief Minister

AAP mum on party funding: Centre to HC
In a PIL filed against AAP members including Kejriwal for allegedly receiving foreign funds illegally, Centre tells High Court that the party has not provided the information sought by them regarding bank accounts

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

Wary of ticket-hunting shady elements, AAP screens aspirants
AAP forms committees both at state and central level to scan forms of applicants; move to check those who may have joined party only to get a ticket and contest elections

AAP gets almost a crore members
76 lakh join through form registration service, 7 lakh via online, 5 lakh via SMS and 10 lakh through 'missed calls'

In no hurry to withdraw support to AAP govt: Congress
Congress expresses disappointment over the functioning of AAP government and says they are watching the situation

A month of AAP: Some plaudits, some brickbats
Contrary to expectations of critics, Kejriwal implemented some of the AAP promises within three weeks of assuming power

Expelled MLA Binny slams AAP govt, meets Lt Guv
Legislator asks Lt Governor to take up issues not addressed by Delhi govt, seeks action against Bharti

If President has said something about us, we will carefully consider it, AAP says
AAP leader Ashutosh says the party will carefully consider what President Pranab Mukherjee said in his Republic Day address about “populist anarchy” not being a substitute for governance

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

AAP, BJP, Akali Dal demands SIT probe into 1984 riots
More than 3,000 people, mostly Sikhs, were killed in the capital in the aftermath of the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi

AAP announces first list of probable candidates for LS polls
Former banker Meera Sanyal and activist Mayank Gandhi are among those on AAP’s list of candidates likely to contest Lok Sabha polls; list to be finalised in the next few days

Lok Sabha election, AAP dominate India discussions at Davos
Many Indian leaders admit that AAP has caught the imagination of people and it cannot be wished away as it is making the right noises about the need to improve governance
 
Vinod Kumar Binny goes on a hunger strike
The former AAP leader was earlier expelled from the party for publicly making what the party termed as false statements against the party and the leadership

Expelled MLA Binny slams AAP govt, meets Lt Guv
Legislator asks Lt Governor to take up issues not addressed by Delhi govt, seeks action against Bharti

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

FIR filed against Kejriwal for violating Section 144: TV reports
An FIR has been filed against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for violation of Section 144 CrPC, inciting mob and violence

AAP rules out action against Somnath Bharti
Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday ruled out any action against Somnath Bharti even as pressure mounted on chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for removal of the controversial law minister for allegedly leading a group of assaulters in a midnight raid  in South Delhi last week

Bharti row: Kejriwal meets Guv
Amid increasing pressure seeking the resignation of Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the Lt Governor; AAP has reportedly advised Bharti to be “careful and humble”

Pressure to sack Bharti grows; AAP defends Min
Congress to meet Delhi Lt Governor demanding sacking and arrest of law minister Somnath Bharti; AAP continues to defend minister saying the judicial probe will through light on what exactly happened during the midnight raid.

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

Petition against Kumar Vishwas
Alphons Kannanthanam, a former IAS officer and former MLA, seeks an investigation and action for initiating civil and criminal proceedings against Kumar Vishwas for his remark

We were attacked by mob led by Somnath Bharti: Ugandan woman
The Ugandan woman accuses Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti of leading a mob that harassed and abused them

Vishwas sorry for nurses remark
Aam Aadmi Party member says it was never his intention to hurt the feelings of anyone

Kumar Vishwas booked in Lucknow
The case was filed against Vishwas for allegedly making ‘hurtful’ remarks against Karbala martyrs and some Hindu deities

Chandy writes to Kejriwal demanding Vishwas apology
AAP leader had made alleged derogatory remarks against nurses from Kerala

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

BJP accuses Somnath Bharti of 'racism', attacks AAP
BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that AAP minister Bharti should not have entered the house of the African women in Delhi

Court directs police to slap FIR against AAP min
Law minister Somnath Bharti allegedly entered the house of some African women in Delhi; court directs police to file charges of mischief, trespassing and criminal intimidation

Lt Guv played 'key role' in defusing AAP, Centre stalemate
Delhi Lt Governor is said to have found some damaging information against the police officials whom the AAP govt wanted suspended; Kejriwal reportedly agreed to a ‘formula’ to end the stalemate

Kejriwal's protest ‘theatre of the absurd’: Jaitley
BJP leader Arun Jaitley slams Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for protest saying it has “weakened” the republic; he adds that AAP is a “big loser” and “lost its reputation”

PIL against Kejriwal for 'false affidavit'
PIL against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly suppressing “the actual figures of property owned by him”; petition filed by NGO Maaulik Bharat to be heard by High Court on Wednesday

Decision on support to AAP at appropriate time: Congress
A senior party leader indicated that Congress will not rush to withdraw support saying the party will not ally with Kejriwal both to become chief minister as well as a martyr

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

Controversy over Ugandan official's letter to AAP
Arvind Kejriwal says Ugandan official wrote to law minister Somnath Bharti about African women being involved in a “drug and prostitution racket”; external affairs ministry says letter was written in June 2013

Tough time for police personnel at Kejriwal dharna site
Nearly 2,000 Delhi police personnel including 16 DCPs are on duty at Arvind Kejriwal’s protest site; AAP is seeking suspension of some police officers for not following ‘orders’ of law minister Somnath Bharti

AAP to go ahead with protest, police impose prohibitory orders
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also scheduled to take part in the protest outside the home ministry office

14 Delhi Jal Board engineers suspended
Suspended engineers had cases of cheating and forgery in supply of sewerage equipment; sources say order came from Delhi CM Kejriwal who is chairperson of Jal Board

Court directs police to slap FIR against Bharti
Law minister Somnath Bharti allegedly entered the house of some African women in Delhi; court directs police to file charges of mischief, trespassing and criminal intimidation

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

Hindu activists protest outside Kejriwal home
The activists, who belong to a Hindu group, have demanded the withdrawal of cases against them, relating to the January 8 attack on the AAP office

Binny: Kejriwal misleading people on power, water promises
Vinod Kumar Binny accuses Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of betraying the people of Delhi by promising something before the elections and not fulfilling it

AAP does not rule out Kejriwal contesting LS polls
No formal decision taken by election committee on whether any (AAP) MLA would not contest polls

Arvind Kejriwal says ‘security of people in Delhi has been left to God’
The Delhi CM also demanded the suspension of four police officers for allegedly refusing to act against sex and drug gangs and in a case of a woman being set on fire by her in-laws

Delhi law minister names gangrape victim
Somnath Bharti admits mistake saying he has issued two clarifications in which victim's name was removed

AAP deviating from promises, Kejriwal a liar: Binny
Aam Aadmi Party MLA, who had aired unhappiness after being left out of cabinet, threatens to expose party at press conference

Kejriwal, Sibal hug each other at Eid function
Sharing dais with Sibal, Kejriwal tells people their grievances would be addressed soon

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

AAP claims to have roped in one million members
Party kickstarts membership drive on Jan 10 with an aim of getting 1 crore members by Jan 26

Kejriwal defends minister over tampering of evidence
According to media reports, law minister Somnath Bharti is facing prosecution on corruption charges

AAP says no to FDI in multi-brand retail in Delhi
Aam Aadmi Party government writes to Centre to not allow MNCs to set up multi-brand retail stores in the national capital; former CM Sheila Dikshit had agreed to implement FDI in Delhi

AAP leader Vishwas claims no development in Amethi
Kumar Vishwas visits Dalit woman’s hut where Rahul Gandhi had stayed in 2008; the AAP leader slams the Congress vice president for Amethi’s lack of development

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

Narmada Bachao Andolan supports AAP
Activist Medha Patkar and allied groups extend support to Aam Aadmi Party, endorsing all policies of the party

No more janta darbars will be held: Arvind Kejriwal
After a chaotic janta darbar on Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says government will organise new channels for people to air grievances

Congress has failed Amethi, says AAP's Kumar Vishwas
AAP’s Kumar Vishwas takes on Congress’ first family on their home turf; appeals to people to vote for him and not ‘Maharaja’, ‘Maharani’ and ‘Yuvraj’

The common man wants Kejriwal to be PM: AAP
Senior party leader Gopal Rai says Arvind Kejriwal is a hope among the people; says aam aadmi would like to see the Delhi CM occupy the top post

Hoardings against AAP leaders come up in Amethi
Posters put up accuse AAP leaders Kejriwal, Sisodiya and Kumar Vishwas of being “anti-national”; prompts party to seek additional security ahead of its ‘Jan Vishwas’ rally in Amethi

Despite Kejriwal refusal, UP to give 'Z' security
A home department committee okays new security set up for the Delhi chief minister; Kejriwal has repeatedly refused security both from UP and Delhi police

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

After chaos, Kejriwal promises better ‘Janata Darbar’
Kejriwal leaves his first Janata Darbar fearing a stampede; more than 5,000 people had gathered outside the Delhi secretariat to pour out their woes to the new government

Left darbar venue to avoid stampede: Kejriwal
As chaos prevailed at AAP government's first 'janta darbar' here, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said he left the venue to avoid a stampede-like situation and admitted that arrangements were not adequate.

AAP ka janta darbar suspended after chaos
Security personnel whisk away Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and ministers from venue of darbar

Anti-corruption helpline: Large-scale drive from Monday
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says one person was trapped, while another, on the verge of being caught, refused to take the bribe at the last moment sensing something wrong

1 crore AAP members by Jan 26
AAP leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal says under the ‘Main bhi aam aadmi’ campaign, his party is targeting a membership of 1 crore

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

AAP's anti-graft helpline never stops ringing
Due to 'huge response', Delhi govt decides to double the number of helpline staff to 30

Effective grievance redressal cell in Delhi from Jan 11
An overhauled and effective public grievance redressal cell will be in place in Delhi from Saturday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Thursday.

Kejriwal announces helpline to trap the corrupt
Kejriwal announces that anyone who is asked to pay a bribe by any official in New Delhi should seek help on 27357169

Man who led attack on AAP office surrenders
It is unfortunate to see that a national party like BJP is now resorting to all kinds of violence and unleashing its goons," Prashant Bhushan says

AAP office attacked in Ghaziabad
After vandalising the AAP office, the attackers threatened to attack the AAP leaders in the future too

BJP accuses AAP MLA of misbehaviour
MLA Rajesh Garg accused of misbehaving with BJP councillor Shobha Gupta; CM Kejriwal marks an inquiry into the matter

Software to deal with corruption complete: Arvind Kejriwal (© Reuters)

Software to deal with corruption complete: Arvind Kejriwal
People can report complaints against corruption, says Delhi Chief Minister, adding that immediate punitive action and crackdown against corrupt officers will be carried out

Modi vs Rahul in 2014, but Kejriwal a rising star
Analysts say even if if AAP wins around 30 seats in Lok Sabha polls, it will be a force that can't be ignored

Bhushan's remarks on J&K triggers row
Prashant Bhushan's remarks were flayed by parties like BJP and Congress. Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah also said there was no need for a referendum on such issues

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

AAP’s misunderstood water subsidy
The Aam Aadmi Party’s move to provide free water with a cross-subsidy element has been unfairly criticised

Delhi govt asks power firms to cooperate with CAG audit
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government last week had ordered a CAG audit of the finances of the three power companies

Looking to contest maximum seats in Maharashtra: AAP
Aam Aadmi Party says it has considerable presence in 33 of 34 taluks in the state; several high profile people from Maharashtra including former chief of RBS Meera Sanyal have joined the party

 AAP and Delhi minister Rakhi Birla's car attacked
Delhi minister Rakhi Birla's car was attacked by a mob in Mangolpuri area of West Delhi

Gearing up for LS polls, AAP to launch membership drive (© Reuters)

Gearing up for LS polls, AAP to launch membership drive
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today announced a nationwide fortnight campaign for enrolling new members from January 10

AAP to contest 'maximum' LS seats, Kejriwal not to fight
Party leader Prashant Bhushan says AAP would field candidates in maximum number of states wherever it has reasonable party structure and good candidates

AAP dreams big; Cong mocks at ambitions
Even as Aam Aadmi Party says it will contest in maximum seats in LS polls, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has said that he will not be contesting in the elections; Congress mocks fledgling party saying a six-day-old CM can "dream" of becoming PM

Kejriwal refuses to take up flats allotted to him
The AAP founder and the current CM of Delhi has refused to move into the flats allotted to him over a controversy

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the Delhi government’s controversies

AAP to target Goa casinos
AAP says Goa has been projected as a Las Vegas which is “sad and distressing”; will contest state’s two Lok Sabha seats

Aam Aadmi ministers get Toyota Innova cars as official perks
Aam Aadmi Party Ministers of Delhi, except Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, were today given Toyota Innova cars as official perks. A number of ministers, including Manish Sisodia, Rakhi Birla and Saurabh Bhardwaj, came to Delhi Assembly complex in official cars.

Compare my house with Dikshit's: Kejriwal
The Aam Aadmi Party chief has been allotted two duplex flats - each with five rooms - on Bhagwan Das road in New Delhi

Kejriwal set to become CM, firm on his promises
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is all set to become the chief minister, on Monday said reducing power tariff by 50 per cent, providing 700 litres water free to each household, implementing Jan Lokpal Bill and ending VIP culture will be high on his agenda.

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© AP)

Grassroots workers want AAP government, but wary of Congress
AAP volunteers apprehensive about Congress support; say it’s a “marriage of convenience” but voice fears of congress possibly pulling the plug at a crucial time

AAP set to rule Delhi, Kejriwal to be CM
Kejriwal, an engineer by training and a former Indian Revenue Service officer whose social activism won him the Ramon Magsaysay award is all set to be the chief minister

AAP juggernaut moves to Mumbai
Aam Aadmi Party leader says candidates would be fielded from 36 assembly seats in the country's commercial capital

Weak UPA leadership creating a jholawalla gang: Pawar
NCP chief Sharad Pawar takes a dig at Aam Aadmi Party, says the “jhola class” has unrealistic ideas; slams Congress for massive defeat in four states

At 45, youngest Delhi CM leads young team
Prominent names include 41-year-old Manish Sisodia and Rakhi Birla, youngest in the likely ministers' list

Kejriwal refuses to take 'Z' security cover from Delhi Police
AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, who is set to become chief minister of Delhi, on Monday refused the high security cover provided by Delhi Police, saying "God is his biggest security. Additional commissioner of Delhi (security) V Renganathan wrote a letter to Kejriwal saying Delhi Police have been providing security cover to the chief minister of Delhi who is given Z category protectee status.

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© AP)

AAP's 'dissenting' MLA downplays rift
MLA Vinod Kumar Binny, who was denied a berth in the Kejriwal cabinet, says his only aim is to serve people; party says no dissent

Can Kejriwal govt deliver poll promises?
Reduced electricity bills, 700 litres of water supply everyday, regularisation of unauthorised colonies – all eyes are now on whether the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party will be able to fulfill its poll promises as it forms the government in Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal: From activist to political tsunami
Arvind Kejriwal, who is all set to become Delhi’s youngest chief minister, has seen a meteoric rise; from AN IRS officer who attempted to change the system, to kingmaker in the political landscape of the national capital

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© Reuters)

Kejriwal says no to bungalow too
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is set to become the chief minister of Delhi, on Tuesday refused chief secretary D M Sapolia's proposal for an official bungalow. The chief secretary met Kejriwal at his residence to chalk out plans for the latter's swearing-in-ceremony on December 26.

'Unwell' Hazare to skip Kejriwal swearing-in

The Gandhian has further fuelled the speculation of a rift between him and his protégé as he stated that he will skip the swearing-in of Arvind Kejriwal as the next Chief Minister of Delhi

CM-designate Kejriwal stands firm on no security
Arvind Kejriwal stands firm on refusing security even as both UP and Delhi police have approached him requesting him to accept the security he is entitled to; Kejriwal says, ‘God is my biggest security’

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© AP)

AAP releases video justifying Congress support
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has released a video justifying its decision to take outside support from the Congress to form a government in Delhi. Posted on micro-blogging site Twitter, the video starts with a question: "Should we form the government?" The party says it put the query before 26 lakh people in Delhi.

'Hand' divided over support to AAP
Divisions in Congress on Tuesday came out in open over its support to Aam Aadmi Party to form government in Delhi but there were indications that the party will not rush into withdrawing support immediately.

Will AAP bring in a new style of governance?
The fledgling party has made a slew of promises from lower electricity bills to more water supply, from mohalla sabhas to fasttrack courts; many are sceptical about how much of this will actually be implemented

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© Reuters)

AAP betrayed people of Delhi: BJP
 Slamming AAP's decision to form the government in Delhi with the support of "corrupt" Congress, BJP on Monday said the newbie party, which entered politics with a vow to fighting corruption, has not only compromised on its principles but betrayed the faith of the citizens.

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© AP)

Delhi: AAP makes stunning debut
AAP, which came into existence as a political party only last year, surprised both the ruling Congress and the BJP

AAP says more power to people in manifesto
These and other promises like decentralization by holding mohalla sabhas are some of the measures mentioned in AAP's poll manifesto


Arvind Kejriwal: Engineer who set the cat among political pigeons
Kejriwal created a sizeable fan following in the slums and working class areas of Delhi while also attracting youths and the middle class by protesting against power hikes last year

AAP referendum a farce: Jaitley
Arun Jaitley accuses Aam Aadmi Party of “political opportunism”; says party is compromising on its commitments
 

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© Reuters)

AAP says it's ready for power in Delhi
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seems set to form a government in Delhi, with party leader Arvind Kejriwal saying on Sunday that "a major announcement" will be made on Monday.

 Support to AAP not unconditional: Congress
A day ahead of AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal's expected decision on the issue of formation of government in Delhi, Congress said tonight its support to AAP was "not unconditional".
 

AAP to make announcement on government formation
The Aam Aadmi Party said Sunday that the final announcement on whether it will form a government in Delhi will be made Monday after the party gets the opinion of Delhiites.

AAP gets ayes, may form govt
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia Friday said the people of Delhi want them to form the new government in the national capital, but added that a final decision in this regard will be taken later.

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power

Hung verdict: AAP to seek public opinion on Govt formation
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Tuesday said it will take a final decision on government formation Dec 23, after seeking public opinion in the capital until the weekend.

AAP says awaiting Congress, BJP stand on 18 points it raised
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal says his party wants to have a consensus on all the 18 issues with the Congress and the BJP, and will think forming government only after that

AAP writes to Sonia Gandhi, Rajnath Singh
"We have written a letter to Sonia Gandhi. We have also written a letter to Rajnath Singh," said Kejriwal after meeting Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung from whom he sought 10 days time to take a decision on government formation.

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© Live Images)

AAP sets terms for Cong, BJP to form govt
The AAP leaders have written to the Congress and the BJP, seeking their stand on specific issues and putting forth certain conditions before deciding to form a government

AAP seeks 10 days to decide on govt formation
Aam Aadmi Party sought 10 days time from Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to take a decision regarding government formation in Delhi. AAP chief along with party members Manish Sisodia and Kumar Vishwas met Najeeb Jung Saturday.

All eyes on AAP after Cong offer
All eyes will be on Aam Aadmi Party after the Congress announced the support of its eight legislators to enable it to form a government despite a hung assembly in Delhi.
 

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© Live Images)

AAP says it can’t form government
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said that it lacks the numbers to form a government in Delhi and this decision will be conveyed to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung. We don't have majority (support) nor have we finished first" in the 70-member house, party leader Yogendra Yadav told the media.

Congress, BJP offer support to AAP to form govt in Delhi
 In a sudden twist to politics over government formation in Delhi, both the Congress and the BJP on Friday offered support to Aam Aadmi Party. This even as Arvind Kejriwal's party made it clear on Friday that it was not interested in forming the government.

Anna asks AAP leader to leave fast venue
Hazare publicly rebuked Gopal Rai, asking him to leave the venue if he went ahead with disrupting the former Army chief Gen V K Singh's speech

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© Live Images)

BJP shies away, it’s AAP ki bari
BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in Delhi Assembly polls but fell short of a majority, has declined to form a government, strengthening the likelihood of fresh election in the national capital.

Aam Aadmi Party reaches out to Anna Hazare, vows to fight for Jan Lokpal
Kumar Vishwas, a frontline AAP leader, termed Hazare as "a permanent source of inspiration" for his party

AAP may pit this man against Rahul
After making an impressive debut in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has said it would contest Lok Sabha elections and hinted that one of its leaders Kumar Vishwas would be contesting against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.

Congress first offers unconditional support to AAP, then taunts Kejriwal
As uncertainty loomed large over government formation in Delhi following a hung verdict, Congress on Tuesday first indicated its willingness to back the Aam Aadmi Party but later taunted it saying Arvind Kejriwal should join hands with BJP to fulfil his promises to the people.

Pehle aap, pehle AAP syndrome hits Delhi
Both Aam Aadmi Party and BJP rule out poll tie-ups to form govt, prefer to sit in the opposition or go for re-election
 

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© Corbis)

Firm AAP rules out poll pacts
Party leader Manish Sisodia says it will sit in the opposition or go for a re-election

BJP scores 4-0, Congress crushed, AAP stuns Delhi
So humiliating was the Congress rout in three places that a sombre looking Congress president Sonia Gandhi said the outcome ‘calls for deep introspection’

AAP, BJP trade charges in Delhi
Arvind Kejriwal, the founder of the Aam Aadmi Party, said that people from the BJP had approached the AAP to try and bribe candidates

Trust vote: Kejriwal crosses first hurdle
Kejriwal government crosses the halfway mark with 36 seats, winning the floor test. In the 70-member Assembly, AAP has 28 MLAs, eight short of a majority

AAP opens 300 offices, aims to be a national player (© Reuters)

AAP opens 300 offices, aims to be a national player
Offices opened in Sikkim, Assam, Goa, Daman and Diu among other places; party has 10 lakh members and is gearing up for Lok Sabha polls

For 2014 battle, AAP seeks Rs 2,014 donations (© Reuters)

For 2014 battle, AAP seeks Rs 2,014 donations
Marking the year when Lok Sabha polls will be held, AAP urges supporters to donate the amount; since its Delhi win last month, party has collected Rs 38 million

AAP eyeing short term gains with water subsidy: Jaitley
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley slams AAP government in Delhi for water subsidy; says it will create debts and also ignores weaker sections who don’t have piped water

Rakhi Birla, Aam Aadmi Party's 26-year-old minister, gets cracking (© Getty Images)

Rakhi Birla, Aam Aadmi Party's 26-year-old minister, gets cracking
Women and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla makes surprise checks at various government-run shelters; says government will soon recruit more teachers with expertise in area of training differently-abled children

Kejriwal: Delhi's unconventional chief minister
Kejriwal's unconventional way of travelling and moving around is getting noticed by citizens of Delhi and drawing appreciation

Delhi government orders CAG audit of private power companies
"We have ordered an audit of the private power distribution companies. The CAG has said it will do the audit," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told reporters

AAP’s success rekindles hope
Kejriwal’s success has sent both the BJP and Congress’ think-tanks to the war room to rejig their 2014 poll strategies

Delhi cuts power tariff by half
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the new rates would be applicable to those consuming up to 400 units of power a month

Kejriwal advised two-day bed rest due to ill-health
Doctor attending to him says Kejriwal is suffering from high fever and diarrhoea and is responding to treatment

Helpline for nursery admission-related complaints soon: Sisodia
On the issue of opening 500 new schools, Delhi's Education, PWD and Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia says he is touch with the departments concerned and a decision will be taken soon

AAP to pitch Yogendra Yadav as Haryana CM candidate: Kumar Vishwas
After Delhi, AAP to launch political innings in Haryana with psephologist and political scientist Yogendra Yadav as chief ministerial candidate

Unwell Kejriwal delivers 'free water' promise (© AP)

After water, electricity will be the next challenge for AAP
The government will have to incur an annual expenditure of around Rs. 5,000 crore if it decides to halve the power rates for around 40 lakh domestic consumers

AAP keeps promise of 700 litres free water
Decision taken at chief minister Kejriwal's residence; cost will be borne by the Jal Board for first three months

Cop suspended for over-enthusiasm at Arvind Kejriwal's swearing-in
Constable Rajesh Kumar allegedly climbed a barricade, flung his beret cap in the air and shouted slogans supporting Kejriwal; departmental inquiry initiated against him for insubordination

Elderly poor turn to Kejriwal for universal pension
Even though pensions did not feature in AAP’s election manifesto, the party has promised pensioners that if they came to power, the issue would be given utmost priority

Field Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi against me in Amethi, says AAP leader (© Live Images)

Field Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi against me in Amethi, says AAP leader
AAP leader dares BJP’s prime ministerial candidate to contest from Amethi and see who wins, even as the Congress is yet to formally announce its candidate which is likely to be Rahul Gandhi

Arvind Kejriwal calls in police to control crowd outside house
While the UP Police are managing the traffic and crowd influx outside the premises, a Delhi Police team is stationed inside the housing society Kejriwal holds the Janata Darbar

AAP cracks whip, shunts out power secy
Kejriwal-led govt shunts out water board chief, to take call on free water on Monday, power on Tuesday

Kejriwal seeks 10 days to resolve Delhi people's issues
The newly appointed Delhi CM has stated that he would look into all grievances of the people of Delhi

AAP tunes up in Goa, sign up Remo as member
The AAP has roped in the popular Goan musician to announce their arrival in Goa in style

Kejriwal to prove majority on Thursday
The newly elected Chief Minister of Delhi will prove his government's majority on January 2

Prashant Bhushan assures AAP’s support to agitation against Kudankulam nuclear plant
Bhushan says AAP has always opposed nuclear energy and also the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project and the party supports the cause of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy in difficult times

Kejriwal's road to power (© AP)

Kejriwal is Delhi's new CM, promises change
AAP chief makes history as he takes oath watched by thousands of supporters

Kejriwal assigns portfolios, keeps home, power
Delhi CM assigns education to Sisodia; youngest member Rakhi Birla to handle women and child development

Helpline against bribe in 2 days: Kejriwal
Delhi CM asks people to take a pledge not to give or take bribes

Kejriwal promises clean government, warns of dangers
A "historic day" but the path ahead would be long and challenging, says new Delhi CM

Don't be arrogant, Kejriwal cautions partymen
The new Chief Minister of Delhi has warned his partymen against getting drunk with power

Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi CM
Tens of thousands of supporters cheer Kejriwal and six other AAP MLAs as they are sworn in.

Kejriwal's road to power (© Reuters)

Thousands pack Ramlila Maidan as Kejriwal takes Metro
Large crowds began gathering at the sprawling ground in the heart of Delhi from early in the morning to see Kejriwal

Ramlila Maidan ready to host Kejriwal's swearing-in
The PWD has painted pavements and road-dividers on the periphery of the maidan

Kejriwal will be the fourth CM from this village
Bhiwani region of Haryana is all set to celebrate another CM from the village

Youngest chief ministers: In pics
In a country where political careers begin at 60, Arvind Kejriwal is an exception, donning the mantle of chief minister at 45. In fact, he is the youngest CM of Delhi. But he isn't the youngest to hold the post. Take a look

Kejriwal's road to power (© AP)

Kejriwal, cabinet to take oath today in history-making event
In a first, AAP founder will take the metro to the Ramlila Maidan to take oath as seventh chief minister of Delhi

Is Kejriwal’s water promise a mirage? Or can he deliver?
Private water tankers, who are hand-in-glove with DJB officials, illegally draw water from DJB pumping stations and sell it at exorbitant price to areas that don't have piped water

Kejriwal to ride metro to swearing-in; tight security at venue
This is only the second time that a swearing-in ceremony is being held at a public place. In 1996, BJP leader Sahib Singh Verma took oath in a stadium

Home ministry to inspect AAP accounts over foreign funding
Sheila Dikshit had questioned source of funding of AAP, whose main poll plank was to check graft

Kejriwal sends back cops sent to protect him
Four armed policemen had been sent to the residence of Delhi CM-designate

Kejriwal sees conspiracy in CNG price hike in Delhi
Delhi CM-designate questions the timing of the steep rise in CNG price - the second such hike in 3 months

All invited for AAP ka big day
Two days ahead of his swearing-in, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal meets aam aadmi at his home; complaints relating to water and electricity start pouring in

Kejriwal's swearing-in gets a date with Congress history (© Reuters)

Kejriwal's swearing-in gets a date with Congress history
December 28 also happens to be the 128th anniversary of the foundation of the Congress; incidentally the Congress suffered a massive defeat in the hands of the AAP and is now supporting them from outside

Kejriwal holds Janta Darbar (© Reuters)

Kejriwal holds Janta Darbar
Two days ahead of his swearing-in, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal meets the aam aadmi at his residence; complaints relating to water and electricity start pouring in

AAP’s ‘cheaper power’ promise not ‘doable’
Delhi government spends about Rs 550 crore annually to subsidise electricity; this will increase to nearly Rs 5000 crore if the AAP government reduces tariff by half

AAP will bring changes in two months: Somnath Bharti
Soon to be minister in the Delhi cabinet, Somnath Bharti, says AAP’s top agenda will be slashing power tariff; promises to completely overhaul the system with visible changes in two months
 

AAP govt swearing in on Dec 28
President accepts Delhi Lt Governor's proposal on govt formation by Aam Aadmi Party with support from Cong

No alliance, understanding with Cong: AAP
"It is entirely the Congress party's prerogative to take a decision about what they wish to do in the government formation scenario in Delhi," AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said

No rift in party: Kejriwal
AAP downplays the party’s reported rift over allocation of cabinet berths; ‘dissenting’ MLA Vinod Kumar Binny says he is here to serve the people

Challenge before Kejriwal
The Congress party will now pursue a one-point programme of trying to bracket themselves with the AAP in the people’s minds
 
Oath taking ceremony unlikely Thursday: Kejriwal
Swearing-in ceremony, which is likely to take place ar Ramlila Maidan, may not happen on Dec 26; Kejriwal says he will speak to Anna Hazare once date is finalised to invite him

AAP ke liye – Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal and the road to power (© AP)

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas to visit Amethi
Kumar Vishwas likely to contest against Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls; party leaders say the Friday visit is to get a feel of “the politicial situation in the constituency



 

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