The government Wednesday defended its decision to deny permission to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to attend a climate summit in Denmark, saying it is meant for "mayor-level" participants. Responding to a question on the issue of permission, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said "it was a mayor-level conference" and a West Bengal minister is going to attend it, reported PTI.
The Ministry of External Affairs too in a statement said that the participation of Delhi CM as a speaker at a panel discussion was not commensurate with the level of participation from other countries. "CM of one of the largest and populous cities in the world, which also is the capital of India, was therefore advised not to attend the event," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar was quoted as saying by ANI.
The AAP's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh termed the Centre's decision to withhold the clearance "unfortunate", saying it would affect India's image.
He also wondered why the Centre was "so much" angry with the AAP government.
Kejriwal was to lead an eight-member delegation to the summit, slated to be held from October 9-12.
(With inputs from PTI)