Delhi CM Kejriwal waits for JNUSU president Kanhaiya in vain

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2016 08:44 IST
Apart from Kanhaiya Kumar (centre), senior CPI leader D Raja and Raja’s daughter Aparajitha were scheduled to meet Arvind Kejriwal. . (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar kept chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior communist leader D Raja waiting for a meeting at the Delhi secretariat on Thursday evening.

Kumar and Raja was scheduled to meet the chief minister at 6pm. Though Raja and his daughter Aparajitha, a student of JNU, reached the secretariat on time, Kumar couldn’t make it.

Sources said the student leader’s failure to reach on time for the meeting did not go down well with Kejriwal.

“Raja, despite being a national-level leader, could reach on time but Kanhaiya could not. The CM was upset as he could not meet him and had to leave for prior engagements,” sources said.

Sources said Raja and his daughter kept waiting for Kumar till 6.25pm and then went ahead with the meeting without him. They said Aparajitha called up Kumar and made him speak to Kejriwal.

“Kumar apologised for his failure to reach the meeting on time. He said he was stuck in a traffic jam,” a government source said.

“He could not reach on time as he got stuck in a traffic jam. By the time he reached near Supreme Court, the CM had already been waiting for nearly one hour,” Raja told reporters.

“So they spoke over the telephone and agreed to meet, most likely on Saturday. Kejriwal had prior engagements regarding the coming Budget so he could not wait more,” the senior communist leader said.

Sources said Kumar was on his way to Delhi Secretariat from JNU but ran into the peak hour rush near Mandi House.

While Kanhaiya could not be reached for his comments, his party maintained that since Delhi Police could not provide him security for moving out of the campus, he got late and was stuck in traffic, PTI reported.

But a Delhi government official said that contrary to Raja’s statement, there has been no agreement on any future meeting.

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