PM Modi Opens New Metro Line for Delhi. CM Kejriwal Neglected

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi taking a ride in Metro from Botanical Garden Station to Okhla Bird Sanctuary along with the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik and the Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries after its inauguration, at Noida, Uttar Pradesh on December 25, 2017.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi taking a ride in Metro from Botanical Garden Station to Okhla Bird Sanctuary along with the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik and the Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries after its inauguration, at Noida, Uttar Pradesh on December 25, 2017.

Although Arvind Kejriwal is the chief minister of Delhi, the Modi government did not invite him to the Metro inauguration function. As a result, Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is sulking.

By Rakesh Raman

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today inaugurated a new metro link between Noida and Delhi.

He unveiled a plaque at Botanical Garden Metro Station to mark the inauguration of a portion of the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro.

It connects Botanical Garden in Noida with Kalkaji Mandir in South Delhi. Modi also travelled briefly on the metro train, before arriving at the venue for the public meeting.

Although Arvind Kejriwal is the chief minister of Delhi, the Modi government did not invite him to the Metro inauguration function. As a result, Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is sulking.

Manish Sisodia, a minister in Kejriwal’s government, said that it is an insult to the people of Delhi that Kejriwal was not invited for the Metro inauguration.

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Earlier, Kejriwal’s AAP had held a series of protests against the increased fares in Delhi Metro. Most people believe that Kejriwal government has completely lost its relevance in Delhi, as Kejriwal is not able to control bureaucratic corruption, increasing pollution, and lawlessness in Delhi. Plus, the education standard in Delhi schools is going from bad to worse.

These may be the factors that he was not called to stand with Modi at the Metro inauguration function.

Modi said at the function, “We live in an era in which connectivity is all-important,” adding that the just inaugurated metro line would serve not just the present, but also future generations.

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Noting that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took a ride on the Delhi Metro in December 2002, Modi said that since then, the metro network in the National Capital Region has expanded considerably.

The Prime Minister congratulated the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, and said his focus on good governance is taking the State to new heights.

Earlier, in his speech, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said he has given a new meaning to politics of this nation. He added that the Prime Minister always says that we have to move ahead on the path of development.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. Besides working at senior editorial positions with leading media companies, he was writing an exclusive edit-page tech business column (named Technophile) regularly for The Financial Express (a daily business newspaper of The Indian Express Group).

Earlier, he had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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