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A day after he was sworn in as chief minister of Delhi, Mr Arvind Kejriwal has been inundated by requests from the Indian capital's residents to solve outstanding problems.
NEW DELHI: A day after he was sworn in as chief minister of Delhi, Mr Arvind Kejriwal has been inundated by requests from the Indian capital's residents to solve outstanding problems.
He has assured the citizens of the capital that he will deliver on his promise of 700 litres of free water and a 50 per cent reduction in power tariffs.
Mr Kejriwal had a steady stream of visitors over the weekend, with a list of problems to be solved.
The chief of the new political outfit Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has a carefully constructed image of being an anti-corruption crusader who is there to clean up governance in the Indian capital.
Mr Kejriwal has asked for time to put a system in place to deal with the issues.
He said: "We want seven to ten days so we can settle down and put the system in place, so that it doesn't happen that we take your requests and no action is taken. We do not want this. If I accept your requests, then due action must be taken.
“So that's why I want those who are coming with complaints to come again after a week or 10 days. I will then settle down and work on the system."
Among those who have been flocking to his residence are bus drivers and teachers who claim that the earlier administration did not address their grievances.
A contract employee said: "We have a lot of expectations of Mr Kejriwal. We voted for him, we supported him. We are sure that he will think about us and as promised, end this contractual system and get us permanent jobs."
Mr Kejriwal's AAP has a very slender majority and any bold steps he takes could upset his prime backer, the Congress Party.
But the chief minister has gone on record to state that he will rid the system of corruption even if he has to sacrifice his government in the process.
Mr Kejriwal and his team have already shunned the trappings of power.
They will not stay in palatial government-provided bungalows and have refused police escorts. Their official cars will not have red beacons and traffic will not be stopped when their cars go by.
The AAP is keen to deliver on their promise of being the common man's representative.
It promises a return to representational politics as opposed to dynastic leadership in the other major political parties in the country.
The party's spectacular entrance in the political spectrum has broken monopolies, and now, the tough part of delivering on electoral promises has come.