AAP not interested in governance, but controversies: Jaitley

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Arun JaitleyFinance minister Arun Jaitley on 19 May called Delhi’s “experiment” with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party or AAP a “costly” affair.

“AAP has such a huge mandate. The party must understand its responsibility and that people want governance and not controversies. But if they can’t, then it is also our responsibility to make them understand.”

“Governance is not the ruling Delhi government’s political agenda,” Jaitley said.
Kejriwal took over as chief minister, but has spent his 100-odd days in power in a constant tussle with the Central government, represented by LG Najeeb Jung.

The latest is a raging power struggle between the two men over the appointment of bureaucrats in Delhi.

Delhi was not difficult to govern as it “doesn’t face the kind of challenges other states do — like Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir.” He said BJP-governed Madhya Pradesh was an example of how a state could be turned around.

“The city could have been turned into a global city, it has great opportunities in business and tourism among others,” Jaitley said.

It may be mentioned Delhi doesn’t have full statehood, which puts the control of many administrative functions in the hands of the BJP-led government at the Central. Kejriwal has vowed to get full statehood for Delhi so that it can have full control.

 

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