Since the AAP government invited applications for Kejriwal’s mission to reform governance and transform the quality of life of all residents of the Capital in the next five years, thousands of brains from leading Indian and foreign educational institutes are scrambling to join the programme, at a time when the city’s ruling party and its convener are battling a number of controversies.
The AAP has been at loggerheads with the Centre and L-G Najeeb Jung over a slew of issues, that stem from Delhi’s position as a union territory doubling as the Capital, where the L-G and police report to the central home Ministry and the local government has no say over several important departments.
Sources say the programme has already received over 4100 submissions from around the globe and over 6000 login IDs have been created. A government official said over 50 applications have been received from institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard Kennedy School and MIT.
The Delhi Chief Minister’s Urban Leadership Fellows programme (CMULF) aims to provide young leaders opportunities to work within the state government to address some of the pressing public challenges. Since its inception the Party has been supported by the working class, students, and international intelligentsia, and some core members in the Delhi government are students of premier institutions and those who have worked with the world’s top companies.
Kejriwal’s popularity grew after Fortune Magazine, in March, named him among the world’s 50 greatest leaders. He was the only Indian politician on the list.