New Delhi, October 18: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to park his car at “designated places” and also appreciated Delhi Police’s effort in finding the Aam Aadmi Party chief’s car. Kejriwal’s iconic blue WagonR was stolen from near the Delhi Secretariat on October 12 and was found abandoned in Ghaziabad two days later.
In reply to Kejriwal’s letter on the theft of his car, Baijal said the Chief Minister was expected to cooperate with policemen in their efforts to ensure parking of vehicles at designated places, News18 reported.
On October 13, Kejriwal had written to Baijal, saying the theft of his car pointed towards the rapidly “deteriorating” law and order situation in the national capital.
Baijal replied, “Hope that the Chief Minister would not only cooperate with Delhi Police in its efforts to motivate and encourage residents of Delhi to park their vehicles in authorised parking sites and install security equipment, but also boost the morale of its policemen by appreciating their commendable efforts that led to the recovery of his stolen car within two days.”
“The Delhi Police Commissioner submitted a status report apprising about several teams constituted in search of the car. Intense scanning of CCTVs, checks in parking places were carried out and all the picket staff were put on alert,” Baijal added.
Baijal said he has regularly reviewed the law and order situation of Delhi.
The WagonR car was registered in the name of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and was now being used by the party’s media coordinator Vandana. It was earlier used by Kejriwal.
The vehicle was “donated” to Kejriwal by Kundan Sharma, a software engineer, in January 2013. However, when Kejriwal parted ways with his then party colleagues Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, Sharma demanded that the vehicle be returned.
Even after Kejriwal became the chief minister in December 2013, he refused to use an official car and preferred his old WagonR.
With inputs from PTI