Delhi riots: Don’t spare anyone involved in violence irrespective of party, Arvind Kejriwal tells Narendra Modi in meeting to discuss situation

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and discussed the situation in the northeast Delhi area which was hit by violence last week, and said he has requested Modi that those responsible for the violence, irrespective of party affiliation, 'should not be spared'.

Press Trust of India March 03, 2020 19:23:48 IST
Delhi riots: Don’t spare anyone involved in violence irrespective of party, Arvind Kejriwal tells Narendra Modi in meeting to discuss situation
  • It was the first meeting between Kejriwal and Modi after the AAP returned to power in the National Capital for a third consecutive term

  • The meeting, at the Prime Minister's Office in Parliament, lasted half an hour

  • After the meeting, Kejriwal praised the Delhi Police for being proactive in controlling the situation when rumours were being spread on Sunday night

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and discussed the situation in the northeast Delhi area which was hit by violence last week, and said he has requested Modi that those responsible for the violence, irrespective of party affiliation, "should not be spared".

It was the first meeting between Kejriwal and Modi after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) returned to power in the National Capital for a third consecutive term.

The meeting, at the Prime Minister's Office in Parliament, lasted half an hour. After the meeting, Kejriwal praised the Delhi Police for being proactive in controlling the situation when rumours were being spread on Sunday night.

Delhi riots Dont spare anyone involved in violence irrespective of party Arvind Kejriwal tells Narendra Modi in meeting to discuss situation

Arvind Kejriwal with AAP leader Sanjay Singh arrives at Parliament to meet Narendra Modi. PTI

"Delhi police acted in a swift manner to control the situation when rumours were spread on Sunday night. Had the police acted with the same efficiency on Monday and Tuesday last week when riots were confined in a district, so many lives could have been saved," he told reporters.

Large-scale violence in northeast Delhi has left more than 42 people dead and 200 injured. The Delhi chief minister said he also requested the prime minister that such incidents should not happen and Modi agreed.

Urging Modi to take stern action against those involved in the violence, Kejriwal said, "I told him we should try and ensure that such riots do not happen again in the National Capital. Those who are responsible for the clashes, no matter which party they belong to, should not be spared, I appealed to the prime minister."

When asked did he discuss the hate speeches given by BJP leaders, Kejriwal said they did not discuss it specifically.

Talking about the new coronavirus , he said he discussed with the prime minister the lethal disease it causes and how it can be stopped. "We should provide medical care to the infected as early as possible."

Describing the meeting as a courtesy call by him after being re-elected as chief minister, Kejriwal said he sought the prime minister's help for the development of Delhi.

On 25 February, Home Minister Amit Shah discussed the situation after the violence in Delhi with Kejriwal and leaders of various parties.

The AAP formed government in Delhi for the third time on the trot after it swept the 8 February elections, winning 62 of the 70 seats. The BJP bagged the rest of the seats.

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