In his first formal public interaction after becoming Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday held a janta darbar (public meeting) at the Aam Aadmi Party office in Kaushambi where he heard people’s grievances. About 500 people came to meet the chief minister.
Taking a lesson from the mistakes made during such meetings held by Kejriwal during his first stint as chief minister, the Ghaziabad police made elaborate safety and security arrangements at the venue.
“We barricaded the road and installed barriers to avoid any chaos. All visitors were frisked before they met the chief minister,” said Atul Yadav, deputy superintendent of police.
People came in from across NCR with their problems. The meeting started at its scheduled time 10 am, but had to be extended for about an hour because of the large crowd. The meeting that was scheduled to end by 11 am was extended till 12.15 pm.
A group of people from Pratap Nagar area, which falls on UP-Delhi border, complained about irregularities in demarcation of land that makes them ineligible for power connections. “CM sir immediately ordered to provide power connections in all houses of the locality. We are thankful to him for immediate action,” said Ram Naresh Tyagi, a resident of Pratap Vihar.
About 30 contractual workers of Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital in Shastri Park also came in to meet Kejriwal. Complaining that they had been expelled from their jobs around three months ago, they demanded reinstatement.
Nahid, a differently-abled man who worked in the front office of the hospital said, “I have been jobless for the last three months. I can’t walk or do any other work to continue my livelihood. I want the chief minister to fulfill his promise and reinstate all of us.”
To take immediate action on public grievances, senior officials of Delhi government and volunteers of grievances cell of AAP were present along with Arvind Kejriwal.
According to the Ghaziabad district administration, AAP has been granted permission to hold public meetings on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 11 am at its party office in Kaushambi. All necessary arrangements have been made, including traffic and water tankers, to avoid any chaos.
During his earlier stint as the chief minister, Kejriwal had held a similar darbar at the Delhi secretariat. But it was marred by chaos as a large number of people had turned up. The security personnel had to take Kejriwal away from the venue.