New Delhi, July 17: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking permission to attend the World Cities Summit in Singapore.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government and the Centre clashed over Kejriwal's planned trip to Singapore to attend a global conference.
"The Government of Singapore has invited us to present the Delhi model at the global summit. During the summit, the Delhi model has to be presented in front of many big leaders of the world. Today the whole world wants to know about the Delhi model. This invitation is a matter of pride and honour for the country," Kejriwal stated in his letter to PM Modi.
The Delhi CM stated that he had written to the Centre on June 7 seeking permission to attend the summit however no response was received till today.
He added, "It is a matter of pride for India as the world is inspired by the health and education model of Delhi. The country will feel proud when I will present the model of Delhi's schools, hospitals, mohalla clinics, free electricity and others. My Singapore visit will elevate the country's pride and stature."
"In such a situation, it is against the interest of the country to stop a Chief Minister from visiting such an important platform. I request you to give permission as soon as possible so that I can elevate the name of the country in this summit," Kejriwal said.
According to the AAP convenor, the country's internal differences should not be reflected on the global stage.
The World Cities Summit brings together leaders and industry experts to discuss the challenges of building a livable and sustainable city, as well as integrated urban solutions.
The summit will be held this year from July 31 to August 3.