Now, Nitish Kumar skirmishes with Arvind Kejriwal over 'janata durbar'

Written by PTI | Patna | Updated: Jan 14 2014, 03:19am hrs
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today claimed that 'janata durbar' to hear people's grievances was started by him in the state but refused to suggest any tips to his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, whose experiment led to chaos.

"There was no past example of such a programme when a chief minister interacted directly with the common man. It was started in Bihar during my regime," said Kumar, who since his first term as Chief Minister of NDA in November 2005 has been regularly holding the meets.

Earlier, Kumar's 'Janata ke durbar mein Mukhya Mantri' was held twice a week, but later it was made a once a week affair and is held on every Monday.

Asked if he would like to give any tips to Kejriwal to make his janata durbar successful, the Chief Minister said, "Everybody has his or her own style of functioning and it is not my nature to interfere or provide unsolicited advice.

"I do not wish to comment on the style of holding janata durbar of anybody ... I know about myself and take care that problems of petitioners are solved," Kumar told reporters.

He said that complaints by people are fed into computer and the complainant were informed about action taken by his office, which had a special unit.

Kumar added that beside petitioners, many people come to his janata durbar out of curiosity.

The Chief Minister said AAP should be given time to deliver on their promises before comment was made on its performance.

Kumar blamed presence of media for protests by petitioners over denial of jobs in education and other departments during the janata durbar.

"If there is some problem which cannot be solved as per existing laws and rules what can I do I cannot help if there are protests," he said.

"I have chosen this difficult path and nobody thrust it on me ... anyway such incidents are also providing opportunity to media to get news," he said.

On the controversy about state police chief Abhyanand writing a letter to the Centre asking it not to deploy Bihar officials in CRPF for anti-Maoist operations, Kumar said the state government did not agree with it and it has communicated this to the union government.

"State government is not in agreement with the DGP's letter which consists of his personal views ... we have communicated this to the Centre," Kumar said.

The DGP's letter followed arrest of a CRPF Deputy Commandant of Bihar origin in Gaya for passing information to Maoists.

He said the draft of a letter which he would write to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was ready.

Shinde had described Maoist problem in Bihar as alarming and accused the state of not coordinating adequately.