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Delhi CM says no to duplex f lats.

IN AN attempt to salvage his image that was dented following criticism over his decision to move into two five- bedroom duplex houses, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that he has decided to not take up the 9,000- square feet flats that he has been allotted.

Invoking the famous quote, " Caesar's wife must be above suspicion", Kejriwal said, " There is a lot of controversy about the new house and I have received many phone calls from friends and followers asking me to not move into the new flats. It is actually an important issue and as we have come to cleanse dirty politics, I have decided not to take up the new flats. Like Caesar's wife, we have to be above suspicion and we have to subject ourselves to scrutiny." Kejriwal was allotted two duplex flats on Bhagwan Das Road.

Kejriwal said he has asked the government to look for a smaller accommodation for him. " I am asking the government to look for smaller accommodation for me.

Till the time we finalise a new flat, I will be staying in my current flat and travelling to Delhi every day," said Kejriwal, who currently lives in a flat in Kaushambi.

Kejriwal was criticised on Friday by the BJP and Congress for agreeing to take up the flats. On Friday, during the Delhi Assembly session, BJP MLAs raised the issue of Kejriwal accepting the two flats. Kejriwal on Saturday tweeted that even though he is giving up the flat in accordance with the wishes of his supporters, he would still need two adjacent houses saying he will become ineffective otherwise.

" Many supporters were hurt by houses identified for me. As i have always said, i am noone. I am for their service.... In accordance with their wishes, i give up these houses and will ask delhi govt to look for smaller house.... but friends, i wud need to have two adjacent houses, one of them as an office. Else i wud become ineffective ( sic)," he tweeted.

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