CM goes one-on-one with aam aadmi

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IN A bid to con­nect with the elec­torate, Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal and his cabi­net min­is­ters on Wed­nes­day marked the Aam Aadmi Party’s three years in power with a live in­ter­ac­tion with the peo­ple in the na­tional Cap­i­tal.

The event was held at the New Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil’s con­ven­tion cen­tre where Ke­jri­wal and his team took ques­tions from the public through calls, Twit­ter, Face­book and e-mail.

While high­light­ing the gov­ern­ment’s achieve­ments in the sec­tors of ed­u­ca­tion, water, power and health, Ke­jri­wal took ques­tions on cor­rup­tion charges against the party, and its ini­tia­tives like the odd­e­ven car scheme.

Asked whether the car ra­tioning scheme would be­come a per­ma­nent mea­sure to deal with pol­lu­tion, Ke­jri­wal said, “We have stud­ied a num­ber of cases from abroad and found that in com­par­i­son, our drive was the long­est. Other coun­tries run the scheme just for two to three days… To com­bat pol­lu­tion, we have to find long-terms so­lu­tions.”

As the AAP faces charges of cor­rup­tion and MLA dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the of­fice of profit case, a ques­tion came up on the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to curb cor­rup­tion.

“Dur­ing our 49-day gov­ern­ment, our most im­por­tant qual­ity was that we had com­pletely stopped cor­rup­tion. At that time, the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Branch (ACB) was with us, and when we formed gov­ern­ment the next time, we had the ACB un­der us for three months.”

“I have no hes­i­ta­tion in say­ing that af­ter those three months, cor­rup­tion in the re­tail mar­ket has some­what in­creased. I hope that once the SC gives a de­ci­sion on the on­go­ing case over ad­min­is­tra­tive ju­ris­dic­tion, we will be able to fight cor­rup­tion with the same vigour as we did in the 49 days.”

The CM also an­nounced that the Delhi gov­ern­ment will start pro­vid­ing free Wi-Fi ser­vice to res­i­dents in the na­tional Cap­i­tal soon.

AAP com­pletes three years of rule in Delhi


Delhi CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal and (left) deputy CM Man­ish Siso­dia.

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