New Delhi: The story goes back to the time when Arvind Kejriwal, having floated a new political outfit Aam Aadmi Party(AAP), was trying to make inroads into the politically powerful ‘valmiki’ community, hitherto a loyal vote bank of Congress .
At least, there was no corruption in NDMC during his stint as the chairman of the municipal body,” says Maharaj.
What are his specific expectations this time from Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister?
“ Kejriwal has promised that the first thing he’ll do immediately after taking over the reins of power is to regularize safai karmacharis. Second, he’ll provide permanent accommodation to people from Valmiki community. He has also promised quality education for our children,” says Maharaj.
For how long will he wait for Kejriwal to fulfill these promises and what if Kejriwal as CM fails to deliver on his promises?
“We’ll give him 2 years and that’s a reasonable time. If he fails to deliver then we’ll be forced to overthrow him like Sheila Dikshit,” says a determined Cheena Maharaj.
“If we can do this to Sheila then why not to Kejriwal?” asks Maharaj.
Interestingly, Cheena Maharaj is not averse to entering the electoral fray provided his community asks him to do so.
“Right away, I’m not interested. But if the community insists, I’ll not disappoint them. I may accept any suitable position in NDMC where I have worked my entire life but that too depends on the wishes of the community ,”says Cheena Maharaj.
“ It’s our wish that Guru ji should be made vice-president of NDMC,” says Amar Singh Ujjainwal, a supporter of Maharaj.
Cheena Maharaj’s original name is Kishanpal Magwana. He was born in one of Delhi’s numerous slums on 11th January 1951. His father Charan Das Magwana was employed with Safdarjung Hospital. Cheena Maharaj completed his education till 12th standard and then joined New Delhi Municipal Corporation as a worker. He reached to the position of Foreman and retired from NDMC in January 2011. Cheena Maharaj is also a priest and conducts puja for his community men like a Brahmin.
Presently, Cheena maharaj is also the chief patron of AAP’s SC/ST wing.