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Delhi LG VK Saxena rejects Arvind Kejriwal’s Plea to attend Singapore summit, says conference only for Mayors

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will not go to Singapore. Lt Governor VK Saxena has refused to approve for the tour. Arvind Kejriwal wanted to go to Singapore to take part in a conference on August 1.

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Under the necessary procedure, the Delhi Government had sought its approval from LG, but for a long time this file was pending and now Lt Governor VK Saxena has refused Kejriwal to go to Singapore. The LG advised Kejriwal to not attend the World Cities Summit in Singapore next month since it is a conference of mayors and won’t be befitting for a chief minister to attend it, official sources said on Thursday.

The LG also said the Delhi government does not have exclusive domain over the issues and it will be ‘inappropriate’ for a chief minister to attend it. The L-G’s Office said it believes in the context of the WCS Smart City Workshop that is being organised as a part of the Conference, it has been pointed out that the Smart City Project in Delhi is being anchored by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. In his letter, Kejriwal said, “The government of Singapore has invited us to present the Delhi model at the global summit. During the summit, the Delhi model has to be presented in front of many big leaders of the world. Today the whole world wants to know about the Delhi model. This invitation is a matter of pride and honour for the country.” He further said he had not received any response from the Centre after he had written the letter on June 7.

After the file rejected by LG, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that he does not agree with the reasons given by the Liability. The Chief Minister got personal invitations. He said that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will directly apply to the Foreign Ministry to go to Singapore, he also said that this is the beginning of the wrong tradition.

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