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NEW DELHI: Launching onslaught on the deeply entrenched VIP culture in India, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal who takes oath as the next chief minister of Delhi on Dec 28 refused VIP bungalow and Z-category security on Tuesday.
The chief secretary of Delhi reportedly went to Kejriwal on the issue of Z-category security and government bungalow for him. But Kejriwal declined to accept either of these.
Instead, he is still driving his own Wagon-R which he has been using for some time.
Though he won’t accept Z-category security for himself as chief minister, Kejriwal has agreed to the so-called `clear passage’ that security personnel will ensure wherever he goes.
Ending the VIP culture is on top of the agenda of the one-year-old Aam Aadmi Party which gained 28 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly in the December 4 elections.
All the ministers who will take oath with Kejriwal and the MLAs have also decided not to accept government bungalows or VIP security. They will also not use red beacons on their cars.
As the oath-taking ceremony of the AAP government is likely to be held at the Ramlila Maidan, the party has decided not to issue any VIP passes to the MLAs and their family members.
According to AAP leader Sanjay Singh, “We have decided that no VIP passes will be accepted by the MLAs and their family members for the swearing-in ceremony. We will sit with the people in Ramlila Maidan.’’
Another senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav also said that the dismantling of the VIP culture among political leaders will be the first priority of their government.
“The long-term objective of the AAP is to dismantle VIP culture. It is only natural that we start with our own people. We’ll encourage others to do the same,’’ said Prof Yadav, who is also a renowned psephologist.