As the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stakes a claim to form a government in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party would be expected by the electorate to deliver what it promised.
Topmost in the list of poll promises was the pledge to slash electricity tariffs by 50 per cent and provide 700 litres of water free of cost daily to every household.
Thousands of the city’s residents were waiting for electricity tariff reduction as many have not paid their bills hoping that the AAP would correct the anomalies once it came to power. In the run up to the polls, AAP leaders had asked people not to pay bills if they thought it was inflated.
In the 50-page election manifesto, the party had said electricity tariffs would be slashed by half, and that the party would change the entire system of electricity distribution, which it alleged was being manipulated by private power distribution companies. The party had also committed to pass the Delhi Jan Lokpall Bill within 15 days of coming to power and had also promised a radical step of decentralising power by holding “mohalla sabhas” across the city.
Terming water as another big issue plaguing the city, the AAP said one of its priorities would be to clamp down corruption in the Delhi Jal Board by bringing transparency in the department.
The party had also promised to construct 2 lakh community and public toilets, make the Yamuna cleaner by ensuring that no untreated sewage would be discharged into the river and had also proposed to redesign the sewage network and make sewage treatment plants functional.
In the health care and educational sector, the AAP had promised new measures such as opening of 500 new schools, discouraging donations to private schools and setting up more hospitals. Assuring to regularise the unauthorised colonies, the AAP had promised not to remove slums till alternative plots or flats were provided to the residents.