Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time since he took charge as Delhi CM last month. Post the meeting, Kejriwal said he discussed last week’s violence in several pockets of Delhi and the coronavirus scare during the meeting.
“I told him (PM Modi) that we should try and ensure that such riots do not happen again in the national capital. I appealed to the Prime Minister that those responsible for the clashes in the national capital should not be spared,” the Delhi CM told the media after the meeting at Parliament.
On being asked about hate speeches linked to the clashes over the controversial citizenship law in northeast Delhi, which killed at least 48 and injured over 200, the AAP chief said hate speech was not specifically discussed during the meeting. Notably, several BJP leaders have been accused of making inciteful remarks against those protesting against the Citizen Amendment Act.
“We also discussed the spread of coronavirus. One case has been reported from Delhi, another in Telangana. It is a deadly disease spreading across the world,” Kejriwal said.
Last week, the Delhi CM had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the clashes. The violence happened at a time when US President Donald Trump and his family were on a two-day visit to India. The Delhi Police, which is under the Home Ministry, has so far arrested over 1,200 people allegedly involved in the violence. A total of 369 cases have been filed, 44 of which are under the Arms Act.
Notably, the Delhi CM had invited the Prime Minister to his swearing-in ceremony. However, Modi could not attend the ceremony owing to his busy schedule. The PM, however, had congratulated the AAP chief on social media for his victory in the state elections.