G20 Face-Off: Delhi’s Kejriwal vs. Central Government!

G20 Face-Off: Delhi's Kejriwal vs. Central Government!
Kejriwal asked LG not to play blame game ahead of the G20 mega event in the national capital. (Photo Credit to Hindustan Times)

In response to a statement by Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor, VK Saxena, who suggested that preparing for the upcoming G20 summit in Delhi would have been faster if the Delhi government had worked diligently over the past nine years, Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s Chief Minister, emphasized the importance of unity over blame. He stressed that the city is getting ready to host international guests and called for a collaborative approach, saying, “Let’s work together as a team during this crucial time instead of pointing fingers.” Kejriwal also mentioned that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which was under the BJP’s leadership until the last election, plays a role in this and could have made things easier if they had worked diligently during their 15-year tenure. He added that it’s the MCD’s responsibility to keep Delhi clean and highlighted the improvements made by the current government, such as ensuring MCD employees receive their salaries on time after 13 years.

In an interview with the news agency PTI, the Lieutenant Governor mentioned that Kejriwal attended only one G20 preparation meeting and emphasized the importance of working together while expressing no resentment.

There has been an ongoing disagreement between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Central government regarding credit for beautifying the capital city for the G20 summit. Delhi’s BJP leaders claim that all central government departments have been involved in beautification efforts, while the AAP government insists they provided funding without support from the Central government. Delhi’s Minister, Atishi, mentioned that she wasn’t invited to any G20 meetings and expressed frustration with the lack of funding from the Central government, but they decided not to make it a major issue for the country’s image. She criticized the BJP and the LG for claiming they did everything themselves, which she saw as arrogance.

Atishi also mentioned that she would have attended meetings if she had been invited, and her team has been working hard despite not being part of the meetings or inspections.

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