Kejriwal meets PM, makes a point on Delhi cops


India, All India

Chief minister tells Modi that capital police could have done better to tackle rioters

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal arrives with Aam Aadmi party lawmaker Sanjay Singh (right) and Sushil Gupta (left) at Parliament House to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, on March 3, 2020. (AP)

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called on prime minister Narendra Modi this morning and discussed the situation in riot-hit northeast Delhi.

It was their first meeting after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) returned to power in the national capital for a third consecutive term.

The meeting, at the Prime Minister's Office in Parliament, lasted half an hour.

Emerging from the meeting, Kejriwal told reporters the Delhi Police could have prevented loss of lives in the riots had they remained active and vigilant.

Large-scale violence in northeast Delhi has left 42 people dead and 200 injured.

However, Kejriwal added "the Delhi Police acted promptly to check rumours in the last few days... I appreciated them."

He said, "The prime minister also agreed that such violent incidents should not be repeated in Delhi."

Responding to a question on hate speeches by BJP leaders, Kejriwal said they did not discuss them specifically.

The chief minister also requested Modi to take stern action against those involved in the violence, "no matter how influential he or she is".