Kejriwal waits an hour to meet Kanhaiya Kumar, then cancels meeting

New Delhi: A scheduled meeting between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Kanhaiya Kumar had to be cancelled on Thursday as the JNUSU president failed to reach the Delhi Secretariat on time, "upsetting" the CM who had waited for nearly an hour.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal

CPI National Secretary D Raja, who also waited for Kanhaiya along with the CM, said that the student leader could not reach as he got stuck in a "heavy traffic jam", which apparently did not go down well with the CM, sources said.

Kanhaiya was supposed to meet Kejriwal at 6 PM for which Raja, accompanied by his daughter Aparajita who is also a JNU student, had reached before scheduled time.

"He could not reach on time as he got stuck in a traffic jam. By the time he reached near Supreme Court, the CM had already been waiting for nearly one hour.

"So they spoke over the telephone and agreed to meet most likely on Saturday. Kejriwal had prior engagements regarding the upcoming Budget so he could not wait more," Raja said.

While Kanhaiya could not be reached for his comments, his party maintained that since Delhi Police could not provide him security for moving out of the campus, he got late and later got stuck in traffic near ITO.
However, a Delhi government official said that contrary to Raja's statement, any future meeting between the two has not yet been agreed upon.

"Raja, despite being a national-level leader could reach on time but Kanhaiya could not. The CM was upset as he could not meet him and had to leave for prior engagements," sources said.


Updated Date: Mar 18, 2016 01:34 AM

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