In a setback for Arvind Kejriwal, Lieutenant Governor (LG) VK Saxena has rejected the dossier submitted by the Delhi government seeking his approval for the Chief Minister’s visit to Singapore to attend a summit in August as he is is a conference of mayors, LG’s office said on Thursday.
The LG has advised Kejriwal not to attend the World Cities Summit in Singapore as it is a conference of mayors and it will not be suitable for a chief minister to attend, the news agency said. ANI citing official sources.
However, Kejriwal, in a letter, said he would “continue” the visit.
“I humbly beg you to disagree with the advice of the Honorable Lieutenant Governor,” Kejriwal wrote in response.
“If the visit of each constitutional authority in our country were to be decided according to the subjects falling within the competence of this authority, it would create a funny situation and a practical blockage. Then the Prime Minister could not go anywhere. because in the most of his visits, he also discusses matters that fall under the state list and are outside his purview,” the letter added.
ANI reported that Saxena returned the proposal for Kejriwal’s overseas visit while noting that the conference will cover different aspects of urban governance, which are being addressed by various bodies like MCD, DDA and NDMC in outside the city government.
The LG said the Delhi government did not have exclusive domain over the issues and it would be “inappropriate” for a chief minister to attend.
Recently, Kejriwal wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi protesting an alleged delay in getting approval for his planned visit to Singapore to participate in the World Cities Summit (WCS) on August 2-3 and said that stopping the planned visit of a chief minister to such an important platform is against the interests of the country.
According to a Delhi government official, the chief minister called the delay “bad”. “The Singapore government has invited Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to showcase the Delhi model at the global summit. It will be presented before world leaders,” the official said.
Last month a row broke out over the “delay” in allowing the visit. The World Cities Summit (WCS) is an exclusive platform for government leaders and industry experts to address the challenges of liveable and sustainable cities, share integrated city solutions and forge new partnerships. According to an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government official, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) submitted a dossier to the Lieutenant Governor’s (LG) office on June 7 seeking approval for the official overseas tour , but approval was not given. Again.