The most potent threat till date to the month-old Kejriwal government has been produced by expelled MLA of Aam Aadmi Party namely, Vinod Kumar Binny on Sunday. He has teamed up with two legislators of the assembly to announce that support to the AAP government in Delhi would be withdrawn by them if AAP did not fulfill its poll promises in the next 48 hours on the issues like women’s security, slashing power and water bills, and a fair probe into the 2010 Commonwealth Games scams.
The scene was shared by the rebel Laxmi Nagar MLA with veteran Janata Dal (United) MLA Shoaib Iqbal and Independent Rambeer Shokeen and both of whom had voted for the government in the assembly.
After Binny’s expulsion one and a half weeks ago, AAP is left with 27 MLAs and the government is being run by them with outside support from eight legislators of Congress. In such a precariously poised situation, if the trio decides to vote against the government, there is a chance of the government slipping below the majority mark of 36 in the 70-member House and then, there may be a revote and re-formation of government which would again lead Delhi to an unstable political turmoil.
Iqbal claimed that the party was losing popularity hinting that he has plans to form a new party. When the rebels were asked to identify the other dissidents, they said that another press conference would be held on Monday to announce the names. Earlier, Binny had triggered an ugly bickering in the party by accusing AAP of deviating from its poll promises following which he was sacked earlier last month.
Binny’s demands include making water consumption up to 700 litres a day free without any riders, a reversal of the hike in surcharge on power, a probe into the Commonwealth Games as well as taking up of effective measures for women’s security.
After coming to power, AAP had approved the decision that water up to 20 kilolitres per month (approximately 666 litres per day) will be free for consumers having functional meters in their homes and households. Electricity tariffs were also slashed by 50% by the government for those households that consumed not more than 400 units a month. But a hike in the power purchase cost adjustment surcharge was approved by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission last Friday, as sought by the city’s private distribution companies which has gave Binny the pathway to stage this comeback.