Day After Conquering Delhi, Kejriwal to Meet Pranab, Union Ministers

The AAP chief is expected to raise the statehood issue before the Centre.

Published: 11th February 2015 08:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2015 09:23 AM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal, who was elected Aam Admi Party Legislative party leader on Tuesday after his party made a spectacular show in the Delhi Assembly elections, winning 67 out of the 70 seats, is likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday.

Kejriwal is also expected to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and raise the statehood issue which was one of the main features in party's manifesto.

The AAP chief had met Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday evening and staked claim to form the government in Delhi.

Kejriwal is also likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a day or two. As soon as the initial trends showed a clear mandate for the AAP, Modi had telephoned Kejriwal and congratulated him. The Prime Minister has also invited Kejriwal for the tea (Chay pe churcha).

Kejriwal defeated BJP's Nupur Sharma in the high-profile New Delhi constituency by a huge margin of 31,583 votes.

Party spokesperson Ashish Khaitan said it would invite Modi for his oath-taking ceremony due on Saturday at Ramlila Maidan. This is the second time Kejriwal becomes the Chief Minister of Delhi after he resigned in February last disbanding his 49-days-old government.

BJP, which was expected to be a tough competitor for the AAP, was reduced to 3 seats in the capital state despite its vigorous campaigning led by over 100 MPs and nearly half of the union ministers.

Congress has been completely routed in the polls with the national party failing to win even a single seat in the state where it ruled almost 15 years.

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