Modi says ‘No’ to Kejriwal…

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Narendra Modi will not be able to attend Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor and Delhi chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal’s oath-taking ceremony on Saturday, party leader Manish Sisodia said on Thursday after a meeting with the Prime Minister.

The meeting, which took place at the PM’s 7 Race Course Road residence, lasted half an hour and was described as cordial.

“Unfortunately PM Modi will not be able to attend Arvind ji’s oath-taking ceremony,” Sisodia, who accompanied Kejriwal, told reporters after the meeting with Modi.

Kejriwal extended an invitation to Modi for the ceremony but the PM is scheduled to travel to Maharashtra to inaugurate the new Krishi Vigyan Kendra building in Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar’s stronghold of Baramati on Saturday.

“We had a good talk with the PM and told him there is a full majority government at the Centre and in Delhi and this is a golden opportunity. It is an opportune time to grant full statehood to Delhi,” said Sisodia.

He said the PM assured them that the Centre will think on the issue of giving full statehood to Delhi.

Kejriwal will also invite his one-time colleague and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who was the BJP’s CM candidate in the Delhi polls. Bedi too had congratulated Kejriwal asking him to make Delhi a world-class city.

The AAP won 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi House on Tuesday, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed a distant second place with merely three seats. The Congress, reeling from a string of defeats since it was routed in the Lok Sabha polls, did not even open its account.

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