Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, along with his deputy Manish Sisodia, on Monday met Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and expressed solidarity over the ongoing tussle with Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi. Narayanasamy’s indefinite dharna outside Raj Nivas, the official residence of the L-G, entered the sixth day today. He has accused Bedi of “undemocratic acts and ways of functioning”, stalling multiple decisions by the Congress government and “blocking crucial files”.
The AAP leaders’ visit to Puducherry comes weeks after Kejriwal said he was “eager” for an alliance with the Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Like his Puducherry counterpart, Kejriwal also had several run-ins with L-G Anil Baijal in Delhi. Incidentally, Kejriwal defeated Bedi in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections — she was BJP’s chief ministerial candidate.