‘Chai Pe Charcha’: Arvind Kejriwal meets Narendra Modi, talks on full statehood for Delhi

| Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 21:02
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NEW DELHI: After the two continued to attack each other in their respective campaigns ahead of Delhi Assembly Elections, Delhi Chief Minister designate and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to invite the PM for the swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan on February 14.

However, it is unlikely for the Prime Minister to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the ‘Aam Aadmi’, PM Modi is scheduled to be out of Delhi on Saturday, informed AAP leader Manish Sisodia who was accompanying Arvind Kejriwalin his meeting with PM.

Arvind Kejriwal brought up the issue of full statehood for Delhi which is the key demand of the AAP, sources said.

Sisodia while expressing positivity in their meeting with PM said, “We had a good conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and we told him that there is a full majority government at the Centre and Delhi and this is a golden opportunity.”

The CM designate had also met President Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday.

“I assured Arvind Kejriwal on behalf of Centre that we are willing to cooperate with the state and contribute to the overall interest of people and development but the cooperation will depend on your operation. If you perform well, we will extend all our support,” Naidu told the AAP Chief yesterday.

On Tuesday, the AAP led by anti-corruption giant Arvind Kejriwal swept to power with 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly leaving only three for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and zero for the Congress.

After the historic win of AAP in Delhi, when the PM phoned Arvind Kejriwal to congratulate him, the AAP leader requested the support of the Centre from Modi and won an assurance from the PM who then invited him for ‘chai pe charcha’ (discussion over tea).


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