Kolkata: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the success of the odd-even traffic rule was proof of Aam Aadmi Party’s ability to conceive a huge project and deliver it flawlessly.
“AAP is a small political outfit with crazy people. Critics used to say we know how to protest but not govern. When we announced the odd-even traffic plan a month ago, the sceptics said people would reject it because it would hugely inconvenience them. But in the past month, we engaged with citizens and explained the problem. As a result, around 20 lakh cars are plying and only 150-odd are being penalised for breaking the rule. It just goes to show that if there is leadership, engagement and a good system, people will be disciplined and take the country to great heights. That is my biggest learning from the odd-even experiment,” Kejriwal said while addressing the Bengal Global Investment Summit in Kolkata.
Kejriwal, who had studied at IIT Kharagpur and spend three months working at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, touched a chord with the audience when he wondered aloud how businesses were managed in an environment that was so challenging.