Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday seeking his cooperation on the odd-even road rationing initiative of the AAP government, to be implemented next month.
In a letter written on Monday, Kejriwal requested the PM to make a public appeal in this regard as it would have a “major impact”. Kejriwal also apprised the PM that he, along with his colleagues, would carpool to office during the trial period (January 1-15) and urged Modi to request Union ministers and secretaries to do the same.
“I want to request you through this letter to inspire your ministers and secretaries to observe the same. This will send out a good message to the residents of Delhi and our efforts will get support. I believe that if there is a directive or appeal from your side to follow or comply with these rules than it will have a major impact,” Kejriwal wrote.
The communication comes close on the heels of a political attack by the Delhi chief minister against the Prime Minister, for which the former came under criticism for the usage of language in his tweets after the CBI raided the office of Kejriwal’s secretary Rajendra Kumar at Delhi secretariat last week.
In his letter, Kejriwal said his government had to resort to the “unexpected decision” in order to mitigate air pollution in Delhi, which has assumed “dreadful proportions”.