"Good And Fruitful Meeting" With Home Minister Amit Shah: Arvind Kejriwal

This is their first meeting after Arvind Kejriwal became the Chief Minister yet again (File)

Highlights

  • Arvind Kejriwal met Amit Shah for the 1st time after 2020 poll sweep
  • Mr Kejriwal tweeted that he had a "fruitful" meeting with Mr Shah
  • We will work together for development of Delhi: Mr Kejriwal tweeted
New Delhi:

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who took oath for a third consecutive term on Sunday, met Union Home Minister Amit Shah this afternoon. After the meeting, Mr Kejriwal tweeted that he had a "fruitful" meeting with Mr Shah.

"Met Hon'ble Home Minister Shri 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 development of Delhi." he said.

This was his first meeting with Mr Shah after his Aam Aadmi Party swept assembly elections in the national capital, winning 62 of 70 assembly seats.

Arvind Kejriwal and his six ministers took oath at a mega ceremony at Ramlila Maidan, outside Delhi's iconic Red Fort, which was attended by a huge crowd.

Mr Kejriwal had invited PM Modi, the BJP's seven Delhi MPs and the eight newly elected BJP MLAs to his swearing-in ceremony but none attended.

PM Modi, who was in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on Sunday to inaugurate various projects, later congratulated the AAP chief on Twitter. 

In a prompt response, Mr Kejriwal wrote: "Thank you for the warm wishes sir. I wish you could come today, but I understand you were busy. We must now work together towards making Delhi a city of pride for all Indians." PM Modi had earlier congratulated Mr Kejriwal last week when poll results were announced.

Delhi saw a bitter election campaign revolving around the Shaheen Bagh protest against the citizenship law as the BJP tried to make a comeback in the national capital after two decades. Despite a massive campaign involving most of its 270 parliamentarians, 70 union ministers and state leaders, the party just marginally increased its tally -- up from three seats to eight seats.

On Sunday, Mr Kejriwal, who was called a "terrorist" during the election campaign by BJP leaders, said: "During the campaign, politics happen and it did happen. I forgive you for all the things you have said against me, I request you also to forget all negative things. We have to work together for the progress of Delhi. We will work with the centre too," he said.

Last week, Union Minster Amit Shah had admitted that hate speeches by a section of BJP leaders should not have been made ahead of the polls. He also added that his "assessment" about the number of seats the party would have won has gone wrong. "I firmly believed our party would have won with majority. I don't mind accepting it... Most times I have been correct, this time i wasn't," he added.