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‘Discussed Delhi riots, guilty must be punished’: Arvind Kejriwal after first meeting with PM Modi

"I told him that whoever is found guilty for violence in Delhi should be given the strictest punishment. Also, we discussed that we have to work together against coronavirus," Arvind Kejriwal said, addressing reporters after the meeting with PM Modi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 3, 2020 12:19:36 pm
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In his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after taking charge as Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal said that the two leaders discussed the communal clashes that killed over 45 people in the capital last week. They also discussed the coronavirus infection.

“I told him that whoever is found guilty for violence in Delhi should be given the strictest punishment. Also, we discussed that we have to work together against coronavirus,” Kejriwal said, addressing reporters after the meeting. The two leaders also stressed that measures should be taken to avoid any other riot in the capital.

Last week, Chief Minister Kejriwal met Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the violence in the capital. “Met Hon’ble Home Minister Sh Amit Shah ji. Had a very good and fruitful meeting. Discussed several issues related to Delhi. Both of us agreed that we will work together for the development of Delhi,” Kejriwal wrote on Twitter.

After the meeting, Kejriwal said that all parties will ensure that peace is back in the capital. Stating that nobody will “benefit from this violence,” Kejriwal said, “The Home Minister had called a meeting today, it was a positive one. It was decided that all the political parties will ensure that peace returns to our city.”

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal arrives at Parliament house for a meeting with Prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express photo by Renuka puri)

In the Assembly polls held in February in Delhi, AAP won 62 of the 70 seats and retained much of its vote share from 2015 when it won 67 seats — its vote share was 53.57%, a marginal drop from 54.34% in 2015. The BJP, a distant second, won the remaining eight seats as against three in the last Assembly polls, and its vote share climbed from 32.2% to 38.51%. Blanked, the Congress recorded its lowest vote share — 4.26% — since the first polls for the Delhi Assembly in 1993.

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