Arvind Kejriwal meets PM Narendra Modi, seeks Centre’s cooperation

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss ongoing issues and sought the Centre’s cooperation despite the differences in the political ideologies of the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP. “I told the PM, that we will fulfil your dreams of Swacch Bharat, Skill India and Digital India. We will do the work and you will earn fame when you go abroad. We will do all that but we need your cooperation,” Kejriwal said.


“We told the PM that for the development of Delhi and benefit of its people, the Centre and the state government should work in tandem. It is important that the political ideologies of the two governments should not interfere with the work,” he said.

He brought up the issue of his territorial battle with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

“I asked him (Modi) that when he was the Gujarat chief minister, how many times was the state government’s order declared null and void by the governor. That was the time when Congress was in power at the Centre, but how many times did the government declare their orders null and void? There is not even one example,” Kejriwal said.

Talking about other issues, the chief minister informed that he had raised the issue of Delhi Police’s ‘war’ with the Delhi government. “It looks like Delhi Police is at war with the Delhi government and that is dangerous for democracy. They are focussed upon how to arrest the MLAs one by one. If the police itself creates problems, there will be chaos and the crime rate will increase,” he added.

“I told him that the Anti-Corruption Bureau was working absolutely fine before June 8 and then a corrupt officer was sent as ACB chief,” he said.

Other issues such as postings of bureaucrats were also discussed during the meeting. Kejriwal had been trying to meet Modi for some time now. During the Budget Session of Delhi Assembly, he had said that he had sought an appointment with the prime minister, but was unable to get one.

In an open letter in June, Kejriwal had also appealed to Modi to take steps to improve Delhi’s deteriorating law and order situation or hand over control of the police to the city government.