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New Delhi: The Delhi government is planning a one-stop helpline for Delhiites, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said. But the helpline will have to wait till the municipal polls in 2017 which the AAP is hoping to win.

“We are planing a single helpline for people. But that will have to wait till we win the corporation elections in 2017,” Kejriwal told IANS at the Delhi secretariat.

Kejriwal said he realized that a majority of civic complaints are related to grievances against the local corporations. But very few knew, he said, that the Delhi government had no control over these corporations — the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation – which are run by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“But we keep getting the blame as people think that having voted us to power with such a large majority, we should be able to solve their problems,” Kejriwal said.

He also said that people, not knowing where to call, end up calling the wrong departmental helplines and were shunted around. 

“People don’t know where to call. If the problem is related to MCD, they call up PWD. The helpline will be started only after we win the MCD poll,” Kejriwal stated. 

“The call made at this (proposed) helpline will be forwarded to other departments depending on the nature of the grievance,” he added.

Presently, the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Helpline — 1031– is among the most dialed ones. The Women’s Helpline — 181 — is another service run by the city government. There are also helplines related to water and power woes.

Delhi’s three main municipal corporation are controlled by the BJP. The elections to these civic bodies are due in early 2017.

With an eye on these polls, Kejriwal, along with his ministers, addressed a big rally of sanitation workers last week, assuring them that their grievances would be addressed once he came to power in civic bodies too.

“I assure you that we have a lot of ideas and we can turn the municipal corporations into a profitable civic agency within one year,” Kejriwal told the rally on Monday, alluding to the loss-making corporations and their inability to pay the salaries of sanitation workers, particularly in east and north Delhi, who have resorted to piling up garbage on the streets in protest.

“Though we are not ruling the corporations – east, north and south corporations – we are ready to help the BJP-led corporations,” he declared.

He also generously announced an advance of Rs.500 crore to the cash-strapped north and east corporations to enable them to pay the salaries of sanitation workers and other employees.

(IANS)

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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS