Kejriwal to invite PM Modi for swearing-in, will meet him tomorrow

  • Darpan Singh and Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2015 13:00 IST

Arvind Kejriwal will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leader Kiran Bedi and other Union ministers for his swearing-in ceremony at the Ramlila Maidan, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said on Wednesday.

Kejriwal, who sought appointment with the PM after his party's historic win in the Delhi assembly elections, will meet Modi on Thursday.

"We had sought time from the Prime Minister, Kejriwal will be meeting him tomorrow at 10.30 AM. He will also extend an invitation to him for the oath ceremony on February 14," party sources said.

The AAP chief who had resigned as the Delhi chief minister on February 14, 2014, after a controversial and brief stint is set to take oath as the CM again on Valentine’s Day this Saturday.

In the run-up to the Delhi polls, the battle for the city-state saw a fierce war of words between the PM, who added thunder to the BJP’s campaign, and Kejriwal, who lost to Modi in Varanasi in the April-May elections.

But, Modi congratulated Kejriwal after the AAP's poll triumph and promised him Centre's co-operation in the development of Delhi.

“During the conversation, Kejriwal said there were a few pressing issues that he needed to discuss with the PM. He said he will carry the invitation personally when he meets him,” a source had told HT on Wednesday.

The AAP chief is also planning to invite his one-time colleague and former IPS officer Bedi, who was the BJP's CM candidate in the Delhi polls. As the outcome of the Delhi polls became clear, Bedi congratulated Kejriwal, asking him to make Delhi a world-class city.

The AAP won as many as 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi House on Tuesday, going far beyond the most optimistic exit polls and its own wildest expectations, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was left bruised in a distant second place with just three seats. The Congress, reeling from a string of defeats since it was routed in the Lok Sabha polls, drew an ignominious blank.

Hectic day

A day after the results, Kejriwal has a packed schedule ahead. He met Union urban affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu at Nirman Bhavan in the morning. He will also meet Union home minister Rajnath Singh in the afternoon for discussions on law and order in the national capital.

Later in the day, he is expected to meet President Pranab Mukherjee at 6:30pm.

Officials said security arrangements were also being put in place in case Kejriwal wanted to make an impromptu visit to Rajghat, as he had done last time.

“Apart from sitting MLAs, Delhi government secretaries, high court judges, chief justice of the Delhi high court, judges of district courts, head of various departments and a number of former chief ministers will be invited to the event,” said a senior Delhi government official.

On the oath-taking day, Kejriwal is likely to be part of a road show from Kaushambi in Ghaziabad to Ramlila Grounds, the platform that had launched him during the days of India Against Corruption movement.

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