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Get ready to go to jail, BJP warns Arvind Kejriwal

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.

“The more I enter into governance, I am realizing how difficult it is to do business in the country. I don’t know how you manage. Go to any government department, you cannot get work done without a bribe. Nowadays, you can’t get work done even after paying a bribe. We have to change that. We have uncomplicated our systems. We have cancelled 200 types of affidavits that were not required,” he said.
Citing the example of the event management industry that had been forced out of Delhi due to the hassle of pursuing clearances from 27 departments for up to four months, Kejriwal said he had sat with the heads of all the departments and simplified the entire process. “The Zubin Mehta concert that was held recently received online permission in just 20 minutes. There is a saying, the wearer knows where the shoe pinches. Please tell us if you face any problem to conduct business in Delhi and we will resolve it expeditiously,” he promised.

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