|File photo of Arvind Kejriwal|
Monday, December 23, 2013
Delhi’s next chief minister refuses police security
NEW DELHI (AA) - In a historical first, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, the man who will be Delhi’s next chief minister, has refused security cover offered by the police saying God will protect him.
In a handwritten letter, Kejriwal formally notified the Delhi police that he does not need any security.
"I don't need any security. I don’t need any escort...God is my biggest security," Kejriwal wrote in the letter.
Delhi police chief had written to Kejriwal that as a protocol they are bound to provide him top layer 'Z' security.
Kejriwal will be sworn in as chief minister of Delhi on Thursday December 26.
Talking to a private news channel earlier, Kejriwal said ending “the VIP culture” of Delhi will be among his priorities.
AAP or Common Man’s Party has also indicated that its ministers will not accept large bungalows or cars with red beacons.
AAP or Common Man’s Party decided to form government in Delhi on Monday with external support of Congress party.
AAP made a spectacular debut in Delhi elections by winning 28 of 70 seats in the new Assembly, whose elections results were declared on December 8. BJP emerged as the single largest party with 31 seats but refused to form a government as it was short of a majority.
AAP was born out of a country-wide anti-corruption movement spearheaded under the leadership of Gandhian social crusader Anna Hazare which demanded strong anti-corruption legislation against elected representatives and public officials.Kejriwal, a former government bureaucrat, rose to prominence in recent years as the ‘right-hand’ of Hazare.
Anadolu Agency, December 23, 2013