Kejriwal rents 5-room flat, shuns govt house

9:37 AM, Monday, December 30th, 2013
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arvind kejriwalNew Delhi : Arvind Kejriwal, who had said no to a government bungalow, has reportedly rented a 5-room flat within a two kilometre radius of the Delhi Assembly. He is likely to shift in two days’ time, said party sources.

Four days before being sworn in as the seventh chief minister of Delhi, he had turned down Delhi Chief Secretary D M Sapoli’s proposal for a bungalow, one of the many perks that a chief minister enjoys.

Ending the capital’s established political culture was one of the key poll promises.
“Neither Kejriwal nor any of our cabinet ministers are taking government bungalows,” said Dilip Pandey, a senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member who denied reports of Kejriwal shifting to a flat near the Assembly, reiterating the AAP’s stand on abolishing “VIP culture”.

  “We have said no to big bungalows; he is to shift to a guest house first and then look for a flat,” Pandey added. He also said that the ministers may shift to small government flats.

“It is likely that somebody has offered him the flat for a nominal rent,” said sources. The rent for a 5-room flat in the area could be anywhere close to one lakh rupees.

The Aam Aadmi Party office at 41, Hanuman Raod in Central Delhi was offered to Kejriwal by a party supporter for Re.1 per month on a six-month lease — which has now been extended.

Sheila Dixit’s 3, Moti Lal Road bungalow will likely remain unoccupied and go into the pool of Director of Estates, Ministry of Urban Development, which may allocate the flats to top government and defence officials.

On the first day as the chief minister of Delhi, Kejriwal was expected to spend the night at his party office at 41, Hanuman Road. “But he didn’t come to the party office,” said Alok Kumar, an AAP member.

“He went to his flat in Kaushambi, (in Delhi’s satellite city, Ghaziabad),” said another AAP member, Sanjay Chawla. Others pointed out that the problem of traffic congestion, long queues of OB vans and frequent visitors were reasons why their party chief avoided coming to the one-storied office at Hanuman Road.


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1 Response to Kejriwal rents 5-room flat, shuns govt house

  1. hemen parekh,

    Robinhood of Delhi ?

    All of last evening , experts were debating on TV channels ,

    ” Is Kejriwal robbing Peter ( rich ) to pay Paul ( poor ) ? ”

    They were discussing the losses that Delhi treasury will suffer ( approx Rs 25-35 Crores per month ) due to ,

    > 20 KL 0f free water

    > 50 % subsidy on power ( up to 400 units / month )

    But AAP leaders are saying ,

    ” If Peter is rich and Paul is poor , then there is nothing wrong with robbing Peter to pay Paul ”

    What they are leaving unsaid is ,

    ” It is better to be a Robinhood than to be a Robbing Hoodlum !

    Robbing Hoodlums of Congress governments have been robbing the poor for the past 66 years and making the rich richer, and poor poorer !

    Dear Experts ,

    Will you please explain ,

    > Who got Rs 50,00000 Crores worth of Scam money in last 15 years ?

    > Who have deposited Rs 300,000 Crores worth of black money in Swiss banks ?

    > Which Industrialists / Businessmen have failed to return to the Nationalized Banks , Rs 200,000 Crores of loans – without any efforts at recovering the same ?

    > Which private money-lenders are making 20,000 farmers commit suicide every year , for failing to repay their small loans ?

    > Who are all travelling Air India on subsidized air-fares , which has bled the Government of Rs 100,000 Crores in past 15 years ?

    > To which businessmen have State and Central governments gave away – almost free – Rs 500,000 Crores worth of farming land to set up SEZ ?

    > How many sick ( ICU ? ) Public Sector Units have the poor people of India kept ” alive ” , by subsidizing them to the tune of Rs 100,000 ,000 Crores over the past 60 years ?

    Who got this money ?

    And if you dispute our figures , will you tell us the correct figures ? ”

    But since these ” self-appointed economic experts ” have no honest answers to these questions , they are telling AAP government ,

    ” You are not supposed to fulfill your poll promises by increasing the EXISTING levels of subsidy on water and power

    If you have only a few hours to survive , within that period , why don’t you ,

    > Lay 150 Km of water pipe lines ?

    > Install 20 lakh new water meters / replace 10 lakh defective ones ?

    > Ditto for Electric meters

    > Get CAG to finish its audit of 3 Discoms ?

    > Get DERC to announce new tariff , revised downwards by 50 % ?

    > Float tenders , finalize and appoint 6 Discoms ( to replace existing 3 ) ?

    > Study 200 files of CWG Scam tenders and file cases against corrupt government officers / contractors / politicians , who minted money ?

    Why can’t you do these things by tomorrow evening ?

    Don’t you know , extending existing subsidy % , is bad economics , even if it is good politics ?

    In any case , by precedence of past 60 years , bad economics has been solely our prerogative

    How dare you copy us , then claim originality ? ”

    AAP may choose not to answer

    But by May / June 2014 , 760 million voters will

    And depressed / tortured / raped / murdered / looted people around the World , will applaud an alternative to violent Arab Spring !

    Mahatma will rise from the Rajghat !

    * hemen parekh ( 02 Jan 2014 / Mumbai )


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