No more ‘janta darbar’, Arvind Kejriwal goes for course correction

On Saturday's 'janta darbar' Kejriwal had to leave the venue midway as hundreds jostled with each other to register their grievances.

New Delhi | Published:January 13, 2014 3:12 pm
He, also said that as there are people who just want to meet the Chief Minster, "so I will be available once a week for two to three hours to meet the people. (AP) He, also said that as there are people who just want to meet the Chief Minster, “so I will be available once a week for two to three hours to meet the people. (AP)

After his first ‘janta darbar’ ended in a total chaos, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said there would be no such public meets and the government will open new channels where people can report their grievances online, via post and through calls.

He, however said that as there are people who just want to meet the Chief Minster, “so I will be available once a week for two to three hours to meet the people. People need not come to us for their grievances. For that we are opening several avenues”.

Talking about Saturday’s ‘janta darbar’ where Kejriwal had to leave the venue midway as hundreds jostled with each other to register their grievances, he said, “that day a lot of people had come. We had a meeting today. Now, we are making a system through which people can report their grievances online.

We will also set up a call centre”. “And all those who cannot write to us can call on that call centre and their grievances will be noted down…. They can also send us their complaints via post and we will also set up a help box down here (Secretariat). It will start in 2-3 days,” he said.

Questioned about reports of an IB alert about threat to his life from water tanker and tender mafia, Kejriwal said that there is no threat to his life and all the security should be given to the common man. “My life is not under threat. I do not need any security. I want to live like a common man….The job of these security agencies is to provide security to the people of the country. Security of the Chief Minister and Ministers is not that important.

All the security given to the VIPs in the country should be given to the common man,” he said. He also rejected ‘Z’ category security provided to him by Ghaziabad police saying, “I don’t need security. I have said it so many times.”

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    Swami Atmaswarupananda
    Jan 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm
    Now it is cleared most of his attempts are foolishness and waste.
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    Natarajan
    Jan 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm
    Kejriwal made a lot of noise, he still does. A lot of what he says is purely impractical or not viable in the long run. But like a kid who insists on learning the danger of fire by burning his finger he is taking a dangerous route. He will slowly learn how to run a state economy bu in the process cause a lot of damage. His decision to give 20l of free water, slash electricity rate without understanding the fundamentals may not be on sound economic ground. Just as he has realized that Junta Durbar is not a good idea, he will understand the pitfall of his electrocity/water move at a later point. The moot point is - can you entrust this party that is still in its infancy and lacks maturity in running an administration to run the country. People will be wasting their vote if they back AAP for Lok Sabha.
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    Hemen Parekh
    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:18 am
    Petty Thieves or Party Thieves ?Arvind Kejriwal's helpline produced 23,000 complaintsagainst corrupt officials , within first 2 daysAnd managed to arrest 2 constables trying to accept Rs3,000 by way of bribeSome 60 sting operations are under waySimilar help lines are being installed in Goa , MP ,Rajasthan and Chhatisgarh( BJP walking inthe footsteps of AAP ? )Can such efforts to curb corruption, produce results ?Yes , if what China's Central and Provincialgovernments managed to achieve in just 11 months ( Jan - Nov 2013 ) , is anyclueHere are some statistics released by Supreme People'sProcutorate : No of "corrupt " govt officials investigated .............. 36,907 Totalnumber of cases ......................................... 27,236 Major /Important cases ...................................... 21,848 Casesinvolving " Losses " ..................................... 16,510 Amount ofLosses ............................................ Rs 566crores ( - peanuts compared to our scams totaling Rs 5LAKH CRORES ! )Communist Party's Central Commission for DisciplineInspection reports : Investigation and Punishment of party Officials ......... 182,000 High levelofficials facing legal prosecution ............. 8 ( - includingZhou Yong Kang - a former member of Politburo Standing Committee -equal to an Indian Cabinet Minister )If our Democratic System is superior to China'sDictatorial System , we ought to do better !In China , a Politburo Member cannot be " VotedOut " by peopleBut , in India , we can !I hope the 543 sitting MPs and 5,000 sitting MLAs ofIndia realize that they will get voted out in April 2014 , if they fail to actagainst the corrupt - and do it fastPeople calling Narendra Modi , a " Dictator "have no clue how angry Indian voters are !For them , a dictator who rids them of corruption is abetter choice than the so-called democrats who couldn't care for 4,383 children( under age of 5 ) dying EVERYDAY , due to starvation !Voters know thatRs 5 LAKH CRORES could have saved these children !They don't care for Freedom of Speech that cannot bringFreedom from Hunger !* hemen parekh ( 13 Jan 2014 / Mumbai )
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    HeshMesh
    Jan 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    Strange that when Raman presents his arguments with facts and logic, you refute it with not a single fact but simply hurl abuse at him,Join the debate if you are ready, or else leave it to the adults.
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    Software
    Jan 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm
    !!!!!!!!! Modi attended the Patna rally even the bomb blasts wasgoing on and didno't run away and tried to calm the people .And here in delhi, for publicity AAP annouced the Janta darbar in media to gainmedia attentionAnd run away when He really faced the crowed which was there to get solution oftheir problems instead of being the part of protest which AAP and company isused to for last 2 year.This isthe difference between "Protest with people" and "Govern thepeople".
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    Software
    Jan 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm
    @@@@@@@!!!!!!!!! Modi attended the Patna rally even the bomb blasts wasgoing on and didno't run away and tried to calm the people .And here in delhi, for publicity AAP annouced the Janta darbar in media to gainmedia attentionAnd run away when He really faced the crowed which was there to get solution oftheir problems instead of being the part of protest which AAP and company isused to for last 2 year.This isthe difference between "Protest with people" and "Govern thepeople".@@@@@@
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    Raman
    Jan 13, 2014 at 11:33 am
    I am worried if the leaders AAP are up to his performance and can deliver as well? For the record unlike other Delhi voters, I did not vote for him and I for one was not persuaded by his promises that was bordering on demagoguery. I and other honest citizens of Delhi pla by the rules all the time and am worried when he leaves his mantle, we are going to be left standing paying those water and electricity bills for years to come. His policies and conduct are reminiscent of another time in communist countries of Eastern Europe and in these days of scant resources, nothing is free! Translation-People need to understand that there is no such thing as free lunch. Here the media should be the watch dog watching for us and not be a lap dog to promulgate AAp's misplaced policies. For some in Delhi the arrival of AAP cadres at the political arena when coupled with inefficient congress is akin to jumping into the burning fire after years of simmering on the hot plate! Now that they have also targeted the Loksabha election, it could only mean unmitigated disaster waiting to happen at the national level. God, please save us!
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    Raman
    Jan 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm
    Listen up! Don't be emotional. People who are already hurting are hurting even more. It was already even before he entered with loose and all tall claim talk. I guarantee you at this rate, nothing meaningful will be accomplished by him and his honchos. Rest is ured that he will leave us with a big pile of horse manure! Given our vast potion that is used to living on handouts from time to time, he is no help. It is left to those honest and silent majority, who has been pulling this cart of the so called Indian democracy for so many years and by God we will not fail the failed ones. Mr. Kejriwal, in my opinion is a goon who become an accidental CM of Delhi!
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