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Just assumed power, give us time to resolve problems in Delhi: Kejriwal

PTI  New Delhi, December 29, 2013
First Published: 14:21 IST(29/12/2013) | Last Updated: 19:33 IST(29/12/2013)

A day after being sworn in as the Delhi chief minister and transferring nine senior bureaucrats, Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday sought seven to ten days in order to come up with a system to address grievances.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said he would accept the applications of the people visiting him only after a system is in place.

"I don't want to give you false assurances. I will take the application when we put a system in place to resolve the problems," he said.

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He told visitors, who gathered in large numbers at his residence, that he needed the support of the people to establish such a system and resolve issues.

Kejriwal has time and again stressed people’s participation in major causes. After taking oath on Saturday, he had said, "Every Delhi resident has been sworn in. If we come together, we will be able to defeat corruption."

His party has highlighted the importance of mohalla sabhas for increased participation and decentralisation of power.

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The AAP leader, however, had also stressed that he did not have a "magic wand" and would take some time to deliver on his poll promises, especially slashing power tariff by 50% and supplying free water to each household using less than 700litre a day.

"We have just assumed power. It will take us some time, seven to ten days to put a system in place to resolve your problems," he said on Sunday, addressing a gathering which included Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) employees and people from the Valmiki community.

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Contractual employees of DTC and municipal corporations had come to put forward their demand to end the contract system in these bodies. They also wanted that those working for several years should be made permanent.
 
"Kejriwal, during elections, promised that he would end the contractual service system in Delhi after becoming the chief minister. We are hopeful that he will direct DTC to make us (permanent) employees," said Deshpal, a driver.

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