Arvind Kejriwal Denied Permission To Visit Denmark, Centre Tells Why

Arvind Kejriwal Denied Permission To Visit Denmark, Centre Tells Why

Arvind Kejriwal Denied Permission To Visit Denmark, Centre Tells Why (file image) 

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal was denied permission to attend an event in Denmark because it was for "mayor-level" participants, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.
The Chief Minister of Delhi was to travel to Denmark in an eight-member delegation for a climate summit in Copenhagen. However,  Mr Kejriwal's travel was not cleared by the foreign ministry, who had granted permission to West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim.

"This is a mayor-level conference and a Bengal minister is going to participate in it," Mr Javadekar said at a press meet on cabinet announcements. He added that there is a separate protocol when political functionaries like chief ministers are invited.

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Last month, the government of Delhi had said in an official statement that the chief minister would address the C-40 climate change event and speak on his government's efforts to lower the levels of pollution in the national capital.

The Aam Aadmi Party chief was scheduled to leave for Denmark on Tuesday, as the C-40 summit starts today. His party had accused the centre of showing hostility towards an elected government.

"This is unfortunate and beyond my understanding. Why is Modi Ji's government working with such hostility towards us?" Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh told news agency ANI.

"It was not Arvind Kejriwal's personal visit, he was not going for some fun but to explain to Asia's 100 city mayors, how the pollution of Delhi was reduced by 25 per cent. He was going to explain the benefit of the "odd-even" scheme," said the AAP leader, asserting that it was "not good for democracy or for a federal structure."

He said Mr Kejriwal had to cancel his scheduled talks with four mayors.

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