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Arvind Kejriwal’s interview on aaj tak 27 Jan 2014
After his Aam Aadmi Party completed a month in office, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in an exclusive interview to Aaj Tak said that he doesn’t know how long his government will last but he is trying his best to work for Delhiites and to deliver on promises his party had made.
“I was not sure about the vote of confidence when I took office. I said that we have only 48 hours. We have kept our promise on water and electricity. Power rates are down. The water promise has been fulfilled. Our next aim is to bring Jan Lokpal and Swaraj. We are working day and night for people,” said Arvind Kejriwal.
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‘I am not a danger for our Constitution’
Kejriwal also said that he has a lot of respect for the Indian Constitution. He said Fundamental Rights such as right to equality, right to live safely were the main souls of our Constitution and added that it was made to protect the Fundamental Rights of the citizens.
“The Constitution was not made to protect a minister. It is not in danger because of us,” he said.
‘I want Delhi Police to be more accountable’
Kejriwal asserted that his main aim is not to contest polls and win them for power but to empower the people. He also claimed that corruption has reduced in Delhi in last 30 days and the winds of change are blowing now. The Delhi CM said that laws were made to eliminate corruption and not to protect it.
“I am not against our institutions but I want them to be more accountable. Similarly I am not against Delhi Police. When I demanded to sack the SHO, I just wanted to make it more accountable. Accountability and corruption can’t go hand in hand. All the SHOs say they give protection money,” he said.
He maintained that corruption is the biggest issue for the government.
‘I am not a weak CM’
Kejriwal defended his protest outside Rail Bhavan and said that he is not a weak Chief Minister. He said that staging dharna doesn’t make anyone weak and only a strong person can sacrifice luxuries and comforts.
Kejriwal said his two-day sit-in was not unconstitutional.
“I staged a sit-in to raise the issue of women’s security. It is not unconstitutional,” he said.
‘BJP and Congress based on corruption’
The Delhi CM also hit out at BJP and Congress and alleged that both the parties are promoting crony capitalism and they are based on corruption.
“The Aam Aadmi Party is formed the give clean politics to our country. Honest and clean politics will help in providing good education, health and infrastructure,” Kejriwal said.
“We will bring rule of people. The Aam Aadmi Party talks about issues important to the people,” he said.
‘Somnath Bharti has done nothing wrong’
Kejriwal also defended his beleaguered Law Minister Somnath Bharti and said he has done nothing wrong.
“Somnath was pleading to Delhi Police to take action against the people involved in a sex racket. I found no evidence against him. The BJP and Congress are trying to politicise the situation. Somanth Bharti will remain in my Cabinet. I am not going to remove him. However, Somanth needs to be more patient. He should not use foul language.” he said.
‘We have achieved a lot in 30 days’
The Delhi CM claimed no other party has managed to perform the way his has in the past one month. “No other government has managed to get as much work done as ours,” said Kejriwal.
“We have stopped the VIP culture. There are no red beacon cars, no security. Power rates are down. The water promise has been fulfilled. We have ordered a CAG audit of power discoms. 5,500 autos were given NCR permits. We have started the anti-corruption helpline, which has been a huge success,” he said.