New Delhi: A day after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) denied Arvind Kejriwal permission to travel to Denmark for the C 40 Climate Change Summit, the Delhi government announced that the chief minister will address the summit through video conferencing on Friday.
Kejriwal will address the session — on breathing deeply, city solutions for clean air — through video conferencing and also take part in a joint press conference with mayors of six cities including Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Portland, and Lima.
“Kejriwal is expected to share his experiences on how Delhi has been successful in reducing air pollution by 25 % during the last five years. The Chief Minister is also likely to share the experience of how Delhi became the first city in the world to successfully implement the Odd-Even experiment for restricting the vehicular traffic on the roads of the city, which led to a reduction in air pollution in Delhi," a press release by the Delhi government said.
On Wednesday, the MEA in a statement said a considered decision on political clearance is based on multiple inputs and takes into account the nature of the event, the level of participation by other countries, type of invitation extended.
“In the instant case, the participation of Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi as a Speaker at a panel discussion was not commensurate with the level of participation from other countries. The Chief Minister of one of the largest and populous cities in the world, which also is the capital of India, was therefore advised not to attend the event," the MEA had said.
Kejriwal was due to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark on 8 August. His visit was cancelled after the central government refused approval to his travel. He was due to travel with a seven-member delegation for the C40 Climate Summit to be held during 9-12 October.
The Aam Aadmi Party has criticized the central government over the issue.