Odd-Even’s success shows AAP can govern and provide leadership: Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that the success of Odd-Even formula for vehicles had proved that AAP could “govern” and provide leadership to the people.

Addressing the inaugural session of Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata, Kejriwal said, “When we first took up the idea of odd-even scheme, lot of critics said this scheme is totally impossible. But now you can see that how successfully the scheme is running. Actually if you provide proper leadership, the people will act in a disciplined way. There is no doubt about it.”

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“The successful implementation has also proved that AAP government can provide leadership and govern properly, contrary to what critics used to say that we can only demonstrate but not govern,” The Delhi chief minister was quoted by PTI

“The problem is with the system. Earlier people used to say that common people of India are not disciplined but people of London, Singapore are very disciplined. I never agreed with that,” the CM said.

He said that the people were capable of doing wonders if ‘proper leadership coupled with proper system and proper engagement’ with the masses were provided.

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Meanwhile, Delhi High Court which on Friday reserved its order on various pleas challenging the AAP government’s ambitious pilot project which will continue till then.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath reserved the order after the Delhi government informed that the pollution level of particulate matter across the national capital showed a declining trend due to implementation of the scheme which began on 1 January.

Appearing for the Delhi government, senior advocate Harish Salve submitted that the capital was piloting its first- ever emergency action to reduce peak pollution levels.

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“This is consistent with global best practice. Vehicles that are second highest emitters in the city are responsible for very high exposure and health impacts. The first few days of the programme have already demonstrated that peak pollution levels are lower than the normal smog peaks of the season despite the adverse weather conditions.”

The Delhi government also said that it intended to extended the experiment at least by a week.

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