Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal put away all political differences during his iftaar party last evening, where the guests included his earlier rival and former CM Sheila Dixit along with Lieutenant General Najeeb Jung. Later on Sunday, Kejriwal said that the ‘sour relationship should go away’.
After months spent in a massive power struggle, Kejriwal and Jung shared light moments at the party in South Delhi as cameramen came up with clicks that were termed ‘Photo of the day’ by Twitter users across India.
Jantakareporter.com earlier published exclusive photos of the iftaar party, which was covered live on Twitter by our handle.
Kejriwal and Jung have clashed in the recent past over key appointments in the Delhi state government. Kejriwal had alleged that Jung, who represents the Centre in Delhi, has no right to take decisions without consulting the government. Delhi is not a full state and some functions like land and policing are under the Centre’s control.
However, at the iftaar, there was no sign of bitterness between the two as Kejriwal embraced the Lt. General as soon as he was welcomed in by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
Besides Jung, the iftaar party also featured Police Commissioner BS Bassi, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and Vice President Hamid Ansari. Kejriwal took turns in sitting with all of them.
West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee was also invited but her party member Derek O’ Brien attended the event. Kejriwal said he had invited leaders from across the political spectrum.
“VIP iftars are of one type and our iftar of the other. Even VIPs felt good about the presence of common people at the event. We had called people cutting across party lines, including BJP, Congress, Trinamool and Janta Dal United,” he said.