August 13, 2016 3:42:13 am
As Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resumed office Friday after completing a 10-day Vipassana course in Dharamsala, he held back-to-back meetings from 9 am with ministers, AAP leaders and members of the public, said sources.
Working out of his office in his Flagstaff Road residence through the day, Kejriwal met senior Aam Aadmi Party leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh and his cabinet ministers, among others.
“Throughout the day, the chief minister held at least 10 meetings, taking stock of various issues. He met ministers, party leaders and members of the public,” said a source.
On the agenda were different issues including discussions over the August 4 decision of the Delhi High Court — holding that Delhi continues to be a union territory under the administrative authority of the Lieutenant Governor — preparations for assembly elections in Punjab, Goa and Gujarat, and other issues raised by members of the public, sources said.
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They said at the meeting held with senior AAP leaders, it was decided that Kejriwal will focus on Punjab, his deputy Manish Sisodia and minister Satyendar Jain will focus on Goa while Water Minister Kapil Mishra and AAP leader Ashutosh will handle party work in Gujarat. Assembly elections will be held in all three states in 2017.
“These were some of the points we discussed informally at a meeting and a decision will be taken soon,” said sources.
When asked who would look after the administration of Delhi if ministers are tasked with party work in other states, Sisodia said, “I also belong to the party and if I am asked to go somewhere for party work, I will. But there is no official decision on this yet. For the chief minister and I, our first commitment is to the people of Delhi and we will continue to work for Delhi.”
Sources said a meeting between the Chief Minister and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung is yet to be scheduled. They are likely to meet only after August 15, sources said.
“After his Vipassana course, the Chief Minister’s health has improved and his coughing has reduced. He looks fresh and very energetic,” said a source. They added that Kejriwal held meetings till 9 pm and continued to work in his office after that.
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