NEW DELHI: Following the historic victory of the Aam Aadmi Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi might be forced to cooperate with AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal, who is all set to take over as chief minister on Saturday.
People on the streets are already asking the Modi government to cooperate and not “play games”.
When Kejriwal had knocked on Modi’s door for an appointment in Gujarat ahead of last year’s Lok Sabha elections, the latter had snubbed him.
“Now that Kejriwal will be back as Delhi CM, Modi will now have to be more courteous to him so that he can fulfil all the promises he has made in his manifesto,” a shopkeeper near the AAP headquarters in Patel Nagar said.
A group of women near Green Market were seen discussing whether the Modi government would “play games” or help Kejriwal carry forward his development agenda.
A middle-aged woman said: “These results have taught all the political parties the lesson of their life. It is high time that the Centre cooperates with Kejriwal so that Delhiites do not suffer.”
A Class 12 student in east Delhi said that Modi is left with no option but to help the Kejriwal government function smoothly in the city.
“If the Centre creates hurdles in the implementation of the AAP’s manifesto promises, the voters are going to teach them a lesson in future elections. We do not want politics over policies to affect development.”
A senior government official, who termed Kejriwal as the second Mahatma Gandhi of this century, said the city administration lacked the powers to make laws relating to police, public order and land.
He said: “The problem is compounded by the presence of the three municipal bodies – NDMC, MCD and Delhi Cantonment – all under the Centre. – From the Asian Age