Confirming rumours that a few chief ministers were not allowed to carry mobile phones to the Inter-State Council meet on Saturday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said he had raised the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“They made few a chief ministers, including me, leave our phones outside. It was very strange. They kept phones of a few chief ministers outside while a few were allowed to take their phones inside. I raised the issue in my speech as well. I asked the prime minister whether a few chief ministers pose a security threat to him,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal was speaking at the launch of a book, ‘Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party’, authored by Pran Kurup, his IIT Kharagpur batchmate.
He said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was among those who were barred from carrying their phones.
Kejriwal hit out at those who said governance was affected if he travelled to other parts of the country.
“It does not suffer because of me going to Goa or Punjab. They say Kejriwal does not have right to suspend officers. Now if an officer is taking bribe I would not be able to suspend him or send him to jail. Delhi suffers because they stop all our initiatives,” he said.
Kejriwal took a dig at the prime minister and said, in jest, that he wondered if Narendra Modi would let him work if he took back his psychopath comment.
Kejriwal had called Modi a “psychopath and a coward” when the CBI raided the chief minister’s office to investigate corruption charges against his principal secretary Rajendra Kumar.