New Delhi, July 20: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a fresh attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of treating non-BJP chief ministers in a discriminatory manner during the Inter-State Council meeting. Kejriwal claims that he, along with a number of other CMs, was forced to keep his mobile phone outside. However, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee did not accept this diktat and took her phone inside the meeting following an argument with the security personnels.
“Mamata Banerjee said ‘why should I not take the phone inside?’ If something urgent happens in West Bengal, if an emergency strikes, how would I be informed about it?” Kejriwal said quoting her at a book launch on Tuesday. (ALSO READ: AAP government will conduct opinion poll on full statehood: Arvind Kejriwal)
Kejriwal claims that he asked Prime Minister Modi the same question when he rose to speak during the meeting. “During my speech, I asked the Prime Minister whether I was a threat to his security. Why wasn’t I allowed to take my phone inside?”
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo, who is locked in heated political battle with the BJP, claims that the electoral rivals of the ruling party were not treated in an appropriate manner during the meeting. “We were not allowed to speak in an uninterrupted manner. Mamata ji was cut short on numerous occasions. They stopped me several times during my speech… We went there because they had invited us,” Kejriwal said.
The Inter-State council meet was held on Saturday. The meeting was conducted after 10 years. Chief Ministers of 27 states were present during the meeting and discussed a range of federal issues with the Centre.
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