Delhi 2020

War against VIP culture gets another life

The first Aam Family:The family of Arvind Kejriwal was among the cheering crowd at the Ramlila Maidan as he took oath as the eighth Chief Minister of Delhi on Saturday. His wife Sunita Kejriwal, an IRS officer, mother Gita Devi, father Gobind Ram Kejriwal and children — Pulkit and Harshita — arrived at the venue along with him. The family sat among the public.— Photo: AFP

The first Aam Family:The family of Arvind Kejriwal was among the cheering crowd at the Ramlila Maidan as he took oath as the eighth Chief Minister of Delhi on Saturday. His wife Sunita Kejriwal, an IRS officer, mother Gita Devi, father Gobind Ram Kejriwal and children — Pulkit and Harshita — arrived at the venue along with him. The family sat among the public.— Photo: AFP  

Continuing his war on VIP culture, the Delhi Chief Minister repeated his resolve to end it in the Capital in his post-oath speech on Saturday.

Marking the beginning of his second tenure, Arvind Kejriwal said he understood the inconvenience caused to the common public due to the same.

Roads being blocked to ensure hassle-free passage of a Minister’s entourage is a common sight in Delhi. Even though security is said to be the main reason behind this exercise, the common man ends up paying the price. Targeting such situations, Mr. Kejriwal said: “We want to script another new beginning in Delhi by ending VIP culture here. Do you like when a Minister is passing by and the road is blocked for an hour? There is a traffic jam and a Minister has the privilege to move before you?” he said.

He reminded the people that during his previous tenure, neither he nor his Ministers used the red beacon.

“In developed European countries, one sees Prime Ministers waiting at bus stops. This is the culture we have to introduce here. This is something we did the last time.”

Mr. Kejriwal also urged the media not to question him for availing basic facilities like government accommodation or vehicle, as it is for the sake of serving the people. His moving into a government house in 2013 was branded as U-turn by his opponents, and the BJP even tried to make it a poll issue this time.

He also cautioned his people against misusing power, even though he emphasised that a committed AAP volunteers would never do so. “I have received reports from visitors and reporters that people wearing caps come to us and indulge in hooliganism. I know for a fact that our workers will not commit such acts. These are people who gave up their jobs, families and made all kinds of sacrifices to work for us.”

He added that there was a possibility his rivals were wearing the caps to defame the AAP.

— Staff Reporter



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