Agencies, New Delhi
The Aam Aadmi Party today proved its majority in the Delhi Legislative Assembly by a voice vote after an assertion of its intent to bring ‘swaraj’ (self-rule) by Chief Minister rvind Kejriwal.
Replying to the debate on the Confidence Motion, Mr Kejriwal said, ‘We want to bring ‘swaraj’ in Delhi. The aam aadmi (common man) would decide the welfare steps to be taken by this Government.’’
The Motion was later approved by a voice vote with the support of the members of the Congress and JD(U)’s Shoaib Iqbal.
Kejriwal reaffirmed the commitment of the AAP to fight corruption at all levels, which has come to assume the dimensions of a parallel economy.
‘’All the instances of corruption will be fought no matter whether it is in the MCD, our party or any other party.
‘’The commoner wants to know where has all the money gone,’’he added.
The former Indian Revenue Service officer said anyone who promoted corruption was a ‘khas’ aadmi (special person) while anyone wanting to fight against graft was an ‘aam aadmi’ (common man).
‘’Anyone who wants to promote corruption in the country , whether rich or poor, is a ‘khas aadmi’.
‘’On the other hand, anyone who wants to remove corruption is an aam aadmi,’’Kejriwal said.
Politics in India had become criminalised, Kejriwal said adding that the political system of the nation had also become corrupt.
Kejriwal said the political system which had become rotten with corruption eating into its vitals needs to be set right and a new beginning made.
It was due to widespread corruption in India that,’’’we were forced to launch a political party,’’ he added.
‘’I want to assure the House that the corrupt will be dealt with strictly.
‘’’ We will probe graft and nobody will be spared,’’Kejriwal said.
Stressing the need to provide basic facilities to the common citizen, he said,’’we all need to introspect as to why after 65 years of freedom from servitude to the British Raj, we have not been able to provide for even basic needs of the common citizen.’’
Asserting that his party wants to bring ‘swaraj’ in India, Kejriwal said,’’all the steps taken by the AAP Government for the welfare of the people will be decided by the common citizen. ‘’The Government has money but it is the ‘aam aadmi’ that should decide on how this money will be spent.’’
Concluding his reply, Kejriwal presented the 17 points he said the AAP government will focus on .
Stressing that the common citizen wants honest politics and an end to corruption, Kejriwal said, ‘I have not stood up here to save a government…we want swaraj, the people’s rule, in Delhi.
‘’Let us see how many will vote for a people’s government.’’