Sunday no bar, govt stays in work mode

Just a day after he assumed office as Delhi's Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal was besieged by people on Sunday who travelled to his residence at Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, asking him to look into their problems. Faced with close to 200 visitors, most of whom were DTC workers, Kejriwal pacified the crowds and asked for "seven to 10 days" to look into their problems.

"I don't want to take your complaints, and then be in a situation where I cannot do anything about them. That is not right. So I request you all to give me some time so I can get proper systems up and running. I hope you will come back in seven to 10 days and all your complaints will be received at that time," Kejriwal said, emerging out of his house in Girnar Apartments in the morning.

Party sources said extra security personnel had been called in for crowd management outside the CM's residence. While Delhi Police personnel manned the apartment premises, the Ghaziabad police concentrated on traffic.

For most part of the day, his residence was a beehive of activity. Despite being a non-functioning day for the Delhi government, Girnar Apartments saw several government officials visiting.

He was also called upon by former Samajwadi Party leader Kamal Farooqui, who was escorted by party leader Sanjay Singh. Asked if he intended to join the AAP, Farooqui said, "There is a wave in the country and right now we are in discussions. If I were to join (the party), it will be revealed to you in the next few days."

The largest contingent of visitors were from the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). "We have been working for the DTC for more than five years, and we still don't have permanent jobs. We work under very low wages, and we believe that Arvind Kejriwal will help us," Saurabh Singh said.

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