The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had denied permission to the Chief Minister, saying that clearance from “political angle” had been denied. An eight-member delegation led by Mr. Kejriwal was denied necessary clearance by the MEA to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark for attending the conference. The Union government said that event was meant for mayor –level authorities. Thus, a Chief Minister should not be allowed to participate because it would constitute violation of protocol.

The MEA said that Kejriwal was advised not to attend the World Mayors’ Summit as his visit there as a speaker at a panel discussion does not commensurate with the level of participation from other countries.

How will Kejriwal address now?
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address the C40 Climate Change Summit through videoconferencing in the session titled ‘Breathe Deeply, City Solutions for Clean Air’; the Delhi government said in a statement here in the wake of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) declining to permit him to visit Denmark to attend the event.

Mr. Kejriwal, the statement said, was also likely to share the experience of how Delhi became the first city in the world to successfully implement the odd-even experiment for restricting the vehicular traffic on the roads of the city, which led to a reduction in air pollution in the city.

Source: The Hindu

(Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment & Biodiversity)