The list of people invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line on 25 December by Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not include Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
PM Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the Botanical Garden in Noida to Kalkaji in Delhi metro line the Christmas Day.
Among the notable guests accompanying Modi will be Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, reported India Today. Both the Union Urban Development Ministry and Delhi government are equal stakeholders in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
Uttar Pradesh government had allocated funds for the project’s route in Noida, while the Delhi government paid for the cost of its Delhi leg.
Even if Delhi government is not required to directly send funds for an extended line, there is an equal partnership with center in DMRC for human resources, technical equipments and other logistics.
This is not the first time the Centre has ignored the Delhi chief minister for any such official events. In 2015 too, Kejriwal was ignored when Faridabad-Badarpur line was inaugurated. The same year, the Centre’s Modi government had allegedly not invited him for the 26 January Republic Day event at the Raj Path.
Yogi Adityanath is already in Noida, a place that many chief ministers in the past refuse to visit as it was considered to be an inauspicious exercise. According to the superstition, the chief minister visiting Noida was never likely to get re-elected to office.
Police presence in and around Botanical Garden has increased significantly with cops randomly stopping vehicles to check their credentials.