AAP Effect: Chouhan Follows Kejriwal Model in MP
By Abhinandan Mishra | Published: 12th January 2014 06:00 AM |
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan may in public deny any influence of the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP in his governance, but some of his recent moves seem to say otherwise.
Taking a cue from Kejriwal, the CM recently launched an anti-corruption helpline number, which was announced through his twitter account. Chouhan’s tweet said the “tweeple can directly reach his team on issues of anti-corruption and governance on the number.”
Chouhan also seems to have emulated Kejriwal’s colleagues and Delhi ministers Manish Sisodia and Rakhi Birla by making a sudden unscheduled visit of the Town and Country Planning (TNCP) office in Bhopal and slapped a `200 fine on a Director for smoking against the rules. Later the CM called up an applicant from the office of the TNCP and asked him about the status of his application regarding a building permission. “This is CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. You had applied for permission from the TNCP office. Has it been given to you? Did anyone demand bribe from you?” the CM asked the bewildered applicant, in an act straight out of the 2001 Hindi film ‘Nayak’. Not surprisingly, Chouhan is a fan of Hindi movies.
By this time, news of Chouhan’s new avatar was already being televised live by local news channels.
Chouhan made another unscheduled stop at a newly constructed road and asked the officials accompanying him to examine the quality of the material that was used for its constructing. He also sought a report on the quality of roads.