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After security, Delhi CM designate Arvind Kejriwal says no to bungalow

Dec 24, 2013 12:35 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: After refusing security cover, Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister designate Arvind Kejriwal has refused a bungalow. Delhi Chief Secretary DM Sapolia reportedly proposed a bungalow for Kejriwal as Chief Minister, to which he said no.

"Kejriwal refused the offer. There has not been an official communication, but Arvind refused the offer," said AAP leader Manish Sisodia.

Kejriwal is all set to take over the Chief Minister of Delhi and is likely to take oath on December 26 at Ramlila Maidan, the nerve centre of the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption agitation in 2011.

The AAP is finalising its Cabinet for which the consultation process is on. IAS officer and former power secretary Rajendra Kumar also met Kejriwal on Tuesday as AAP is in the process of shortlisting officers to serve as principal secretaries to its ministers.

On Monday, keeping his words over not holding a security cover for himself, Kejriwal in response to a letter by the Additional Commissioner of Police Security refused the security that was offered to him.

"Thank you for offering me the security. But as I already informed earlier, I don't need any security. I don't need any escort or PSO. God is my biggest security. However I would be grateful if some help is provided for crowd management at a few places where i get mobbed," he wrote in his letter to the Additional Commissioner of Police.

Delhi Police in its letter to Kejriwal had requested details of the security arrangements that the CM designate wanted for him.

"The Delhi police has been providing security cover to the Chief Minister of Delhi as the Chief Minister is given 'Z' category protectee status. Since Mr Arvind Kejriwal is going to take over as Chief Minister of Delhi, Delhi Police needs to give the security cover to him as per the norms. Kindly indicate where the security personnel should report to Shri Arvind Kejriwal," Additional Commissioner of Police V Renganathan had written to Kejriwal.

AAP which had won 28 seats in the 70-member Assembly was the second party that met Lieutenant General Najeeb Jung to stake claim after the Bharatiya Janta Party which had won 32 seats refused to form the government due to lack of a majority.