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    Kejriwal Singapore Visit Controversy: AAP Moves Delhi HC

    New Delhi [India]: Delhi Cabinet Minister Kailash Gahlot on Monday moved to the Delhi High Court (HC) challenging the provision of seeking the Centre’s permission to travel abroad by the elected functionaries.


    Gahlot also asked for directions for broader guidelines on permissions required by elected functionaries to travel abroad.

    The Delhi High Court asked the petitioner to file an additional affidavit.


    Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot challenged the provision after the Union government last month denied permission to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to visit Singapore for attending a global conference.


    Earlier on Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he does not blame anyone for not getting permission to visit Singapore to attend the summit, his comment came after his weekly meeting with the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi V K Saxena.


    The CM Arvind Kejriwal after his visit with the Lt Governor, said, “No problem. He didn’t do it right. May they be happy too, we are also happy. This thing is spreading all over the world. All the dignitaries came, the former Secretary General of the UN came, the former Prime Ministers of Sweden and Norway came, and Millennia Trump came. The word is spreading. It would have been better if I could go and put my point in front of the world, he could keep the good work that is being done. But if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t matter, I am not blaming anyone for it”.


    Sources said that the LG has underlined the fact that the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) does not have exclusive domain over the issues corresponding with the theme of the conference and hence it will be inappropriate for a Chief Minister to be attending the same.


    The LG’s office believes in the context of the WCS Smart City Workshop that is being organised as a part of the conference, it has been pointed out that the Smart City Project in Delhi is being anchored by the NDMC. Apart from the above facts, a Chief Minister attending such a conference will also set a bad precedent, said sources.


    Earlier on Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought permission to attend the World Cities Summit in Singapore.


    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government and the Centre locked horns over Kejriwal’s proposed visit to Singapore to attend the global conference in Singapore.


    The World Cities Summit is a forum for leaders and industry experts to address the challenges of a liveable and sustainable city and to deliberate on integrated urban solutions.


    This year the summit is being held between July 31 and August 3.

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