Kejriwal Meets Venkaiah Naidu, to Meet Rajnath

Kejriwal, who elected leader of the AAP Legislative Party is also likely to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee.

Published: 11th February 2015 09:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2015 01:17 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: A day after leading his party to a land-slide victory in Delhi, Aam Admi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal met Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu at Nirman Bhavan on Wednesday.

Kejriwal, accompanied by senior party leader Manish Sisodia, discussed various issues with Naidu including that of unauthorised colonies in the city and full statehood.

"We have discussed four big issues with the minister. Firstly, the issues of the poor such as compensation for them, we will need central government's help in that. Secondly, the issue of unauthorised colonies on which the Centre recently passed a resolution. So in order to take it forward help will be needed from MCD, DDA and the Centre," Sisodia told reporters after the meeting.

"We told him that for more schools, colleges, hospitals and parking, a lot of land will be needed so whatever land is available with DDA, we have requested for it.

"And lastly the issue of full statehood. We have been fully assured that without any political divide we will get their support," he added.

Later, while talking to media, Naidu said the Centre would extend its full co-operation to the new government in Delhi. Centre and the AAP government would work as a team, he said.

According to party sources, Kejriwal is scheduled to meet union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence around 3.30 p.m. and also President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 6.30 p.m.

AAP sources said, Kejriwal will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday morning.

Party spokesperson Ashish Khaitan said the AAP would invite Modi, union ministers and MPs to his oath-taking ceremony scheduled 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.

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

The party made history on Tuesday winning 67 out of the 70 assembly seats in the capital state.

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

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.

(With inputs from PTI)

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