Arvind Kejriwal meets PM Narendra Modi: As it happened
Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party decimated the rivals in the Assembly Election, on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
4:40 pm: Arvind Kejriwal will be taking oath as the chief minister of Delhi on February 14 at 12 noon at Ramlila Maidan.
1:45 pm: Senior BJP leader LK Advani congratulates Delhi CM-designate Arvind Kejriwal for winning Assembly Elections. Reports say Kejriwal may invite Advani to swearing-in ceremony.
12:30 pm: AAP has decided to induct Jitendra Tomar (Tri Nagar), Kapil Mishra (Karawal Nagar), Sandeep Kumar (Sultanpuri Majra) and Asim Ahmed Khan (Matia Mahal) - the only minority face - in the ministry. The four are also first time legislators.
11:50 am: Preparations are on to make arrangements for the oath-taking ceremony at Ramlila Maidan.
11:36 am: Talking to a news agency, senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said Arvind Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had "chai pe charcha" over granting full statehood for Delhi. On Cabinet formation, Sisodia, however, refused to divulge details, saying nothing can be said right now and the final list shall be decided soon and sent to the LG today.
11:30 am: BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi, who suffered a shocking defeat in Krishna Nagar constituency, is also unlikely to attend the oath-taking ceremony at Ramlila Grounds.
10:42 am: Talking to reporters outside 7, RCR, Sisodia said that the PM will not attend Kejriwal's oath-taking ceremony on February 14. He also said that they demanded full statehood for Delhi and the PM has said that he will ponder over it.
10:40 am: The meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal is over after 20 minutes.
10:26 am: Delhi CM-designate Arvind Kejriwal meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
10:10 am: Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia arrive at 7, Race Course Road to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
10:05 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend swearing-in ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet at Ramlila Grounds on February 14, say reports. Security concerns as well as the PM's prior commitment to visit Maharashtra's Baramati on February 14 on the invitation of Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar are said to be the reasons behind Modi skipping Kejriwal's oath-taking ceremony.
9:20 am: Arvind Kejriwal leaves his residence to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The much-awaited meeting will take place at the PM's official residence, 7, Race Course Road.
9:15 am: The AAP is likely to hold a meeting at Arvind Kejriwal's residence in Kaushambhi this afternoon.
8:50 am: Shahdara MLA Ram Niwas Goel will be the Speaker while Bandana Kumari, from Shalimar Bagh constituency, will be Deputy Speaker in the Delhi Legislative Assembly.
8:20 am: The party is expected to keep Rakhi Birla and Girish Soni out of the Cabinet this time.
8:15 am: AAP leader Manish Sisodia will be the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, say reports, adding he will take oath alongside Arvind Kejriwal on February 14. The decision to make Sisodia the Deputy CM was taken at a meeting of AAP's Political Affairs Committee last night at Kejriwal's residence in Kaushambhi, party sources said.
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8:10 am: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will meet Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today and submit a list of probable Cabinet ministers.
8:00 am: Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party decimated the rivals in the Delhi Assembly Election, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and invite him for the swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan on February 14.
Kejriwal is expected to meet Modi at 10:30 am.
After AAP swept the Delhi polls on Tuesday in a landslide victory grabbing 67 seats in the 70-member Assembly, the Prime Minister had congratulated Kejriwal on his thumping victory and assured him of all support from the Centre for development of the national capital.
Kejriwal, while thanking Modi for the greetings, had said he would like to meet him soon to discuss issues related to Delhi.
Yesterday, Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee and thanked him for his "blessings and guidance".
The President, in turn, gifted Kejriwal two books - 'Constitution of India' and 'Thoughts and Reflections', authored by him.
Senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia termed it as a "courtesy visit" and said there was no "special agenda".
"We met the President this time. We thanked him for his guidance and blessings. When we had been demanding dissolution of the Delhi legislative assembly, there was a lot of cooperation from him... He expressed happiness and gifted Arvindji two books," Sisodia said.