New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, today told a caller at his interactive session "Talk to AK" that his promise of free WiFi in the capital has been stalled by the recent arrest of his aide Rajendra Kumar for corruption.
- Free WiFi was one of AAP's most eye-catching poll promises
- 'Why hasn't it happened till now?' a caller asked Kejriwal
- 'Talk to AK' is seen as Kejriwal's answer to PM Modi's 'Mann ki Baat'
"Arvind sir, where is the free WiFi scheme? Why hasn't it happened till now?" music composer Vishal Dadlani asked, reading out a question posted on social media. Mr Dadlani, who moderated the two-hour session, joked that this was an answer that "trolls" would be interested in.
Mr Kejriwal replied: "Rajendraji was looking after it. I have to appoint a new officer now."
He also revealed that the project would take two to three years.
"In the meantime, we will create a network of hotspots. By December-January it will be operational in east Delhi," said Mr Kejriwal.
If, he quipped, "it isn't nulled-and-voided by the Lieutenant Governor."
Rajendra Kumar, an IAS officer who was Mr Kejriwal's Principal Secretary, was arrested earlier this month after the CBI accused him of a Rs 50 crore scam in the purchase of computers by the government.
Mr Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party swept to power in Delhi last year, winning 67 of 70 seats, on the promise of cheaper power, water and a corruption-free administration. Free WiFi was one of the party's most eye-catching promises.