Give me up to 10 days to settle down, says Kejriwal

December 30, 2013 - 10:44:15 am
Ghaziabad/New Delhi: It was his first Sunday after becoming Delhi’s chief minister, but it was like a normal working day for Arvind Kejriwal. The Aam Aadmi Party leader had his hands full after an unending stream of people called on him at his modest middle-class residence.

The crowd that came to meet the 45-year-old AAP leader taking charge of Delhi included some 500 drivers and conductors of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and municipal workers.

The controversy created by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari’s remarks of a “deal” between the Congress and AAP on forming the Delhi government refused to die down yesterday with both parties asking Gadkari to provide evidence. 

Kejriwal, who has been suffering from a bad cough for days, was not well enough to attend a morning “havan” his father Govind Ram Kejriwal had organised at a nearby temple. An AAP member said that Kejriwal had fever and also had his blood samples taken.

The DTC crew, holding applications for making their jobs permanent, poured out their woes to Kejriwal — and begged that they be given permanent jobs in the bus fleet. Kejriwal heard them out and told them to give him a week or 10 days so that a system can be set up where representations given by people could be read and acted upon.

“Please give me a week to 10 days time to settle down. We have just assumed power. I will accept your applications when we have a system in place to resolve the problems,” he said. The DTC crew appeared pleased with the response.

After the DTC employees, came ‘safai karmcharis’ (sanitation workers) to demand regularisation of employment. Later, employees of power ultlity BSES and representatives of a teachers’ association also came to meet him. AAP member Sanjay Singh held a “janta durbar” for the people for a hour.

Kejriwal, usually an early riser, got up around 8am and after breakfast started meeting people, who had begun thronging outside his house from 7am The Girnar Tower in Kaushambi township where Kejriwal lives with his wife, two schoolgoing children and parents, has been attracting large crowds since it became known that the former income tax official would be the chief minister.

With crowds thronging Kejriwal’s residence, Uttar Pradesh Police personnel have been deployed at the entrance and a metal detector placed at the entrance to the apartment block. Ten Uttar Pradesh policeme would be stationed round the clock for security.

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