Putting their celebrated spat over affairs at the Delhi cricket body behind them, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal shared the dais on Friday at the inaugural session of the Bengal Global Business Summit.
Both Kejriwal and Jaitley arrived in the city on Thursday night. While the finance minister will be the first speaker at the summit, Kejriwal has been listed as the fourth speaker.
Both the leaders are locked in a no-holds-barred battle after the Delhi chief minister alleged that the Centre got the CBI to raid his office after the Delhi government hurled corruption charges against the finance minister over affairs at the capital’s cricket body. Jaitley hit back by filing a defamation case against the Delhi CM.
On Friday, as Kejriwal and Jaitley share the same stage, political observers will be keenly following the body language of the two leaders.
Besides Jaitley, Kejriwal and chief minister Mamata Banerjee, the other star speakers at the inaugural session of the summit would be railways minister Suresh Prabhu, Union minister for surface transport, roads and highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari and minister for power, coal and renewable energy Piyush Goyal.
The Bengal Global Business Summit beginning today is a proud moment for our State. Enjoy your stay in Kolkata. #BengalMeansBusiness— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 8, 2016
Politically, Kejriwal’s visit to Bengal is significant. The Delhi chief minister has been trying to stitch a loose alliance of non-NDA parties in his battle against the Centre.
In September last year, Kejriwal had organized a conclave of CMs in New Delhi that was attended by Mamata Banerjee. As the Assembly polls in Bengal approach, Mamata’s shrill against the BJP will grow louder and Kejriwal is expected to join the chorus.