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Arvind Kejriwal junks 'janata darbar', wants complaints emailed

Agencies  New Delhi, January 13, 2014
First Published: 13:47 IST(13/1/2014) | Last Updated: 07:58 IST(14/1/2014)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said there will be no more formal janata darbars, after the first such interaction on Saturday with the people forced him to leave midway to avert a stampede-like situation.

“There are people who just want to meet the CM…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," he said.

He said the government had a meeting on Monday where it took stock of what went wrong on Saturday.

“Now, we are making a system through which people can report their grievances online. We will also set up a call centre,” Kejriwal said.

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“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 two-three days," he said.

Read: Why janata darbars should be the last resort to meet CMs

Asked 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,” he said.

“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," Kejriwal added.

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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On Saturday, following a stampede-like situation at his first-ever Janata Darbar, the CM had said he would hold another darbar in four or five days after making better arrangements.

Advised by the Delhi Police, which estimated more than 50,000 people had gathered in front of the secretariat to register their grievances, Kejriwal retreated to his room 45 minutes after the meeting started.

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Read:  Kejriwal not the first to refuse security


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