Kejriwal meets Modi, demands better Centre-State relations

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Tuesday, sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in bridging the trust deficit between the Centre and Delhi governments.

Accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the meeting between the two went on for close to half-an-hour and was convened at the Prime Minister’s office around noon.

The meeting is understood to have been triggered by the latest battle between Mr. Kejriwal’s government and L-G Najeeb Jung’s office over the institution if a Commission of Inquiry into the CNG Fitness Scam which was declared void by the MHA after a complaint alleging it was “not in accordance with the law” from Mr. Jung.

“I told the PM that we may have ideological and political differences but for Delhi’s growth, state and centre need to work together,” Mr. Kejriwal told reporters later.

The Chief Minister said he also offered to fulfil Mr. Modi’s vision of Swachh Bharat and help implement his Digital India initiative in Delhi but felt that “better communication with the Centre” was a prerequisite for both.

According to sources privy to what was discussed in the meeting, neither did the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP) nor the Delhi Police’s recent arrest of one of its legislators figure on Mr. Kejriwal’s agenda.

Last year, Mr. Kejriwal had sought an appointment with Mr. Modi at the peak of the Delhi government’s tussle with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s office but had been denied the same due to Mr. Modi’s unavailability.