It was a working Sunday for the 45-year-old Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal. After a meeting with his secretary Rajendra Kumar at his residence in Kaushambi, a satellite city of Ghaziabad, Kejriwal said that he would lay down his plans of providing 700 litres of water to all households on Monday.
On Tuesday, he is expected to announce his government’s policy on power tariff.
Even though there was an informal meet of cabinet members at his residence, he was kept busy by hordes of people who had come to greet him or had some grievances.
He assured the visitors, who gathered in large numbers at his Kaushambi residence for his Janata Darbar, that he needed the support of the people to establish such a system and without their backing, he would not be able resolve issues.
In the morning, he met bus drivers and conductors of the state transport corporation and safai karmcharis of the municipal body seeking permanent jobs at his residence.
Kejriwal asked for a week’s time to settle down and take action. “I don't want to give you false assurances,” he said, adding, “I will accept your applications when we have a system in place to resolve the problems.”
Employees of the electricity department, BSES and representatives of teachers associations also came to meet him.
Kejriwal’s family doctor came for a check-up post noon and advised medication for his unrelenting cough, said party members.
Despite Kejriwal’s persistent refusal to have a security cover, the Uttar Pradesh and Delhi police have deployed over a dozen policemen to guard the entrance to the Kaushambi apartment block where he lives.
“Hundreds of visitors are coming come daily. So we are not taking chances,” said Muniraj, Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad.
AAP member Sanjay Singh held an hour-long Janta Durbar at 41, Hanuman Road in Central Delhi, where people handed him their applications.