Kejriwal complains against Delhi Police during meeting with PM Narendra Modi
Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, said that his government intends to make Delhi a world class city if it gets full support from the Centre.
New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Delhi Police seemed to be at war with his government and vowed to make Delhi "a shining city" if he gets full support of the Centre.
Kejriwal, who met Prime Minister Modi at the PMO along with his deputy Manish Sisodia, said that Delhi would benefit and develop only if the Centre and state work together.
While batting for greater Centre-state cooperation, Kejriwal said, "I told the PM, we will make Delhi sparkle within two years if you cooperate with us."
Kejriwal also met Modi to thrash out issues of governance which have pitted the ruling Aam Aadmi Party government against Lt Governor Najeeb Jung - an appointee of the central government.
"It seems Delhi Police is at war with the Delhi government," Kejriwal said. "This is harmful for democracy."
He said if the Delhi Police, which reports to Jung and not to his government, itself created problems, then the crime rate would only shoot up.
Kejriwal's meeting with the Prime Minister came several weeks after a fierce power struggle broke out between his government and the Centre over key appointments and postings of bureaucrats.
In an obvious reference to Jung, he said that whenever his government took out orders, they were declared null and void.
He pointed out that Modi himself had been a chief minister in Gujarat, and demanded to know how many times he had faced this problem from the state governor even when the Congress was in power at the Centre.
The AAP leader also claimed that the Delhi government had controlled corruption through the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) within three months of taking power in February.
But on June 8, "a corrupt police officer" was appointed in the ACB and he had taken control of it with the help of paramilitary forces, the Chief Minister said.
"The Prime Minister should cooperate with us," Kejriwal said, saying his government would make Modi`s 'Swachh Bharat' and 'Digital India' campaigns a success in Delhi.
"In two years, we will make Delhi a shining city if such cooperation was available'', he added.
The CM, whose AAP routed the BJP in the February Assembly polls, told Modi that "our political differences" should not come in the way of making Delhi "a shining city".
Kejriwal said Modi heard him carefully and promised to look into the issues he had raised.
During the Budget Session of Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal had sought an appointment to meet PM, but he did not get a chance.
In an open letter in June, Kejriwal had also appealed to PM Modi to take steps to improve Delhi's deteriorating law and order situation or hand over police to the city government.