Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has thanked the people of Delhi and police to make his brainchild ‘Odd-Even’ formula a success.
Speaking to jantakareporter.com’s editor-in-chief, Rifat Jawaid, the Delhi CM said that he hoped to achieve many ‘bigger things’ because ‘common public’ was with him.
He said, “In the run up to the implementation of Odd-Even formula, I had said that you can’t make any scheme successful by issuing challans (penalty) or impounding their vehicles. I have the support of janta and it’s they who’ve made this plan a success. They embraced the idea not because they were asked to do so by the government or out of fear of paying penalty if they didn’t follow the rules. They did so because they realised the level of pollution had reached alarming level.”
Kejriwal also alleged that the central government had made all the attempts to derail the scheme to curb rising pollution in the capital. He said that just a day before the plan was to kick in, ‘the central government had orchestrated mass protest leave’ by DANICS and IAS officers.
He said, “The day before the implementation, we were doing a dry run, but our volunteers couldn’t reach there because the SDMs were on strike. But despite all such attempts it became a success because public was with me. ”
He slammed the BJP calling it a dharna party (party that only protests) adding that it didn’t know ‘how to do politics.’
“There isn’t a single day when couple of people hired by the BJP don’t come and protest outside my house. The party has now been reduced to a dharna party,” Kejriwal added.
He, however, thanked media for responsibly conducting ‘healthy’ debates on odd-even formula in the run up to its implementation adding that it allowed the scheme to evolve.
“I think it was on 15 December when all my colleagues said we should issue the notification the next day. I refused and asked them to let the debates continue. One such example was the list of exemptions. The longer the debates continues, more we learnt about the people who needed to be exempted. We realised that giving exemption to women was a valid demand and we incorporated that,” The Delhi CM said.
Kejriwal also thanked Delhi police for its contribution towards making the anti-pollution drive a success. He said police in general wasn’t bad in Delhi, but the BJP-led central government wouldn’t let them work in constructive fashion.