NEW DELHI: Breaking his silence on his cancelled Denmark visit, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday claimed that the reality of the BJP was exposed before the world when the Centre did not allow him to travel to the country for a climate conference.
Kejriwal could not attend the C-40 Climate Summit in Denmark on October 11 after the Ministry of External Affairs refused political clearance to his visit.
He addressed it through a video link.
Addressing party volunteers in his first closed-door meeting in Dwarka ahead of assembly elections due early next year, Kejriwal claimed that their work gained more popularity when they were not allowed to travel.
"BJP did not let me go but I was happy that the organiser asked me to participate through video conferencing. This is not my pride but pride of you people (volunteers)," he said, according to a video shared by his Aam Aadmi Party.
These are the first comments made by Kejriwal over the cancellation of his visit to Denmark.
Earlier, the AAP had hit out at the Centre for denying permission to him.
The Centre has defended denying permission to Kejriwal to attend the summit, saying it was meant for "mayor-level" participants.
But Kejriwal hit back, saying their mayors were not invited for such conferences.
He claimed the BJP was exposed when the Centre refused permission to him to travel to Denmark.
"I heard a BJP leader say that what will Kejriwal do in a mayors' conference but he does not understand that their mayors are not invited for such conferences," he said.
He said, in a similar manner, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyender Jain, too, were not allowed to travel outside the country.
"The world is talking about us. The whole world came to know what kind of party BJP is and we are being lauded around the world for our work," he said.