Pinarayi Vijayan and Kejriwal termed it a friendly meeting.

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news Politics Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:33

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan met his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday at Kerala House in New Delhi.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting that lasted for 30 minutes, Pinarayi Vijayan said that there were a lot of issues on which Left parties agrees with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Maintaining that it was a "friendly" meeting, Pinarayi Vijayan went on to criticize the central government for its attitude towards the Delhi government.

"The situation in our country is alarming. The central government must consider that Delhi has a state government in place and take stands accordingly. The central government is trying to snatch away the powers of the Delhi government. We cannot agree on that. On such matters, we stand together with AAP," Pinarayi Vijayan said.

Asked whether CPI (M) would ally with the Congress party to take on the right wing, Pinarayi Vijayan said,

"It is imperative for the CPI (M) to team up with other organizations to counter the right wing. However, we cannot team up with Congress to resist the BJP. Aren't we all seeing news that Congress leaders are joining BJP now-a-days?

The two leaders maintained that "there was nothing in particular" that they discussed. 

Speaking about their meeting, Kejriwal said:

"Since Kerala CM was in Delhi, I came to make a courtesy call on him and a very nice discussion on various issues including politics."

Asked whether their meeting was the beginning of a long-lasting relationship between the two parties, the Delhi CM chose to shy away from answering.

"You see only politics in everything...if something happens, we will let you know. I hope this relationship will continue," Kejriwal retorted.

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