Jaipur, Jan 7: Now, the Arvind Kejriwal effect is being felt in Rajasthan. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who won the state election last month, has given up official residence and has has also halved the security allotted to chief minister.
It seems many chief ministers are now following the ways of Arvind Kejriwal, the new chief minister of Delhi, who instructed his ministers not to use the red beacon that entitles politicians' cars to the right of way. The AAP leaders have vowed to eliminate the 'VIP culture' tagged to politicians from the country.
Like Kejriwal, Raje has also decided to give up the luxurious government residence and stay in her comparatively much smaller residence at 13, Civil Lines.
The Rajasthan chief minister is living in the house that she was allotted as leader of the opposition - a bungalow which she had renovated.
Earlier, Raje was accused of wasting public money on her luxurious lifestyle
However, the CM's office said Raje's decisions were not inspired by Kejriwal. Raje, during her earlier tenure as chief minister between 2003 and 2008, had been a target of critics for wasting public money on her luxurious lifestyle.
Raje, a member of the royal family of Gwalior, has also instructed the police not to make special arrangements for the passage of her vehicle at traffic signals.
"She has said that she would stop at red lights, so that common commuters don't get hassled by the traffic restrictions which were earlier the norm of the day whenever the chief minister's cavalcade passed through," said a traffic department officer.
Henceforth, Raje will use commercial flights instead of state planes for travel, informed the CM's office.
(With IANS inputs)