New Delhi: n a surprise of sorts, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government thanked the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre for approving projects and also offered to work together for the development of the national capital.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s gesture comes two months after his party’s massive defeat in the recently concluded general elections where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA stormed back to power with an even bigger mandate. Assembly elections in the national capital are just eight months away.
Since the AAP government came to power in the national capital 2015, there has been a constant tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government. While most of the governance matters are taken care of by AAP, matters related to land, law and order come under the purview of the Centre -- a division of power that in the past has been at the heart of the tussle between the two governments.
On Wednesday, the Delhi government agreed to all conditions of the Centre to start the process of authorisation of 1797 illegal colonies in the national capital. The AAP government has also sent 12 suggestions to the central government. Responding to a question on the government's change in stand, Kejriwal said his government’s priority was the development of Delhi.
“We have always worked for the people of Delhi and continue to do so. Our aim is not to fight with an individual or a party. Delhi is the national capital and work can only happen if we work in support with the central government. Our proposals are getting passed and that is a good thing because it's beneficial for Delhi," Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal along with deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and assured his government’s full cooperation to the Centre for developing the national capital. Commenting on the delay in the completion of the fourth phase of the metro, Kejriwal said the central government was not to be blamed. There was also bonhomie at the inauguration of a sewage treatment plant by Kejriwal and central Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat