Arvind Kejriwal not invited for Republic Day parade

Arvind Kejriwal

Former Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has apparently not been invited for the Republic Day parade, where US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest. AAP, however, feels that the government is breaking the protocol by not inviting ex-chief minister. Kejriwal, who was keen to attend the parade, is unhappy with Modi government’s move.

Kejriwal, who terms this as politically motivated move said that as former CM and MLA, he was not suppose to be treated this way.

The capital is under highest level of security and is seeing unprecedented measures for US President Obama’s visit. For Obama, who is the chief guest of the Republic Day celebrations, security agencies in New Delhi have extended a 300 km no-fly zone during the Republic Day to a radius of 400 km this year, covering cities such as Jaipur in the west, and Agra, and extending to the border with Pakistan.

While a no-fly zone bars commercial flights during the two-hour procession, the programme wraps up with a fly-past by military planes.

President Obama will be accompanied by a sizable delegation that will include several top officials, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama, when he arrives in New Delhi on Sunday morning, the White House has said.

On his arrival, Obama will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at about 12 noon at the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This is not the first time that Modi has targeted Kejriwal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent Delhi rally had targeted the AAP chief and called him an anarchist. “Have you ever seen a leader who openly admits that he is an anarchist and that he believes in the practice of anarchy? If you want to practice anarchism you should go to the jungles and join the Naxals,” Modi said at a public rally at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi in an indirect reference to Kejriwal.

In a reply to PM Modi’s remark Kejriwal said the BJP was rattled ahead of the Delhi assembly elections and was resorting to personal attacks since it had no “positive agenda”.

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