Kejriwal Meets PM, Demands Statehood

Published: 13th February 2015 05:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2015 08:40 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited him to his Swearing-in ceremony on February 14. Modi, however, turned down the invitation saying he would be in Maharashtra on the date.

Kejriwal was accompanied by his close confidant and senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia during the meeting at the PM’s residence. Kejriwal raised the issue of full statehood with the Prime Minister and called for co-operation. After the meeting, Sisodia said, “The main discussion with the PM was about Delhi. We requested to him that lives of people which are run in bits and parts by different agencies like MCD, NDMC, Central government and state government should be unified and be brought under a single authority.”

“I think the PM is positive about the matter. This will help in making lives of the people of the state much easier. We requested the Prime Minister that you are busy with the whole country and you also have to look into matters of the international affairs, so you should give the responsiblity of running Delhi to the state government,” Sisodia said. On Wednesday, Kejriwal met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Urban Development minister Venkaiah Naidu.

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