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India anti-corruption hotline overwhelmed by calls

Published on Jan 10, 2014 4:00 PM
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Anti-corruption champion and Aam Admi (Common Man) Party Leader and new Chief Minister of India's national capital region Arvind Kejriwal gestures as he addresses supporters after taking his oath of office at a ceremony in New Delhi, on Dec 28, 2013. An anti-corruption hotline launched by the Indian capital's new graft-busting government was overwhelmed by thousands of calls on its first day, with the city's top politician saying the response exceeded "all expectations". -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - An anti-corruption hotline launched by the Indian capital's new graft-busting government was overwhelmed by thousands of calls on its first day, with the city's top politician saying the response exceeded "all expectations".

India's corruption fighter and newly elected chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the graft hotline aimed at stopping rampant corruption among bureaucrats received 3,904 calls in the first seven hours of operation on Thursday.

"We congratulate the people of Delhi. Everyone has become an anti-corruption 'sting' operator," the leader of the Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, told reporters late Thursday.

The number of callers "exceeded all expectations", he added.

 
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