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CM Arvind Kejriwal meets PM Modi in Parliament, discusses Delhi riots

While it was not immediately clear as to what the two leaders discussed, the meeting comes in the back of last week’s communal violence in north-east Delhi that led to the death at least 47 persons

March 03, 2020 / 01:51 PM IST
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Days after communal riots gripped north-east Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament on March 3.

This was their first meeting since Kejriwal was elected chief minister in February for the third consecutive term. The meeting, at the Prime Minister's Office in Parliament, lasted half an hour.

After the meeting, Kejriwal told reporters that the Delhi Police could have prevented loss of lives in the violence had it remained active and vigilant like the last few days.

After the meeting, Kejriwal told reporters that the Delhi Police could have prevented loss of lives in the violence had it remained active and vigilant like the last few days.

"The Delhi Police acted promptly to check rumours in the last few days... I appreciated them," Kejriwal added.

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"The prime minister also agreed that such violent incidents should not be repeated in Delhi," he said.

Responding to a question on hate speeches by BJP leaders, Kejriwal said they did not discuss it specifically.

The chief minister also requested Modi to take stern action against those involved in the violence, "no matter how influential he or she is".

He also sought the prime minister's help for the development of Delhi.

On February 11, AAP secured a massive victory in the 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly election, winning 62 out of the 70 seats. BJP won the other eight.

The meeting came on the back of communal riots in north-east Delhi last week. At least 47 people were killed and over 200 injured in the communal violence that broke out in north-east Delhi on February 24 between groups supporting and opposing the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

BJP and Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have blamed each other for the situation in the national capital.

Amid the violence, Kejriwal had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah last week. "Meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah was positive and it was decided that all parties will take steps to restore peace," Kejriwal had told reporters after the meeting.

Opposition parties have raised the issue in both Houses of Parliament since the Budget Session resumed on March 2. Congress, among other opposition parties, has demanded that Shah resign for failing to control the situation. The Delhi Police reports to the Union Home Ministry.

Also read: After ruckus over Delhi riots, Parliament likely to witness stormy day today

(With inputs from PTI)
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first published: Mar 3, 2020 12:23 pm

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