The former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah has described the Aam Aadmi Party winning 28 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly as “remarkable” and credited the younger generation for bringing a “refreshing change”.
Speaking at a programme organised by the Coalition Against Corruption and Public Affairs Centre on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day here on Monday, Mr. Venkatachaliah said the AAP candidates who won “have not paid a single rupee to the voter”, and that is remarkable given how our elections have so far been fought.
“Credit must go to the younger generation who went out to vote for the first time. They are the hope for the future,” he said, adding that it gives us “reason to be optimistic”.
He said the work started by the AAP should go on. “I hope that this will someday free us from crippling corruption,” he said.
Justice Venkatachaliah said he would soon be meeting the Lokayukta and suggesting to him that committees be formed in every district, comprising eminent civil society members, to listen to people’s grievances.
These complaints can, in turn, be taken up by the Lokayukta. He said it could form an important link between the civil society and the anti-corruption ombudsman.
High school students, who topped the painting competition and undergraduate students, who topped the essay competition organised by the coalition, were given prizes on the occasion.