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India's corruption-buster Kejriwal launches graft hotline

Published on Jan 8, 2014 10:13 PM
 
India's corruption fighter and newly elected chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a graft hotline on Wednesday aimed at stopping wrongdoing by bureaucrats. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's corruption fighter and newly elected chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a graft hotline on Wednesday aimed at stopping wrongdoing by bureaucrats.

Mr Kejriwal's performance as chief minister of the Indian capital region is being closely watched to see what his rookie Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party can deliver for the rest of India with general elections due in a few months.

Mr Kejriwal, who took office last month, and his party fought the Delhi state elections on a plank of rooting out widespread corruption and giving "clean" administration to the people.

"The aim (of the hotline) is to create a fear amongst the corrupt... to empower the common man against corruption," Mr Kejriwal told reporters.

 
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