Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann signed a knowledge-sharing agreement between the two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) governments in Delhi Tuesday.
Under this agreement, which is not legally binding, the two governments will “learn and share knowledge, experiences, and skills from each other for the welfare of the public”.
After signing the agreement, Arvind Kejriwal said:
“I think this is a first of its kind and a unique incident in the history of India. It will be wrong to say that only our government has worked for the state but different parties and governments have worked with different states and came up with several initiatives for the public welfare in the last 75 years of India’s independence but this will be the first time where two (state) governments are signing such an agreement.”
“It will be wrong to say that only we have done good work. There were several islands of excellence across the country but there were divisions of parties and states, and nothing was learned from that. Punjab CM Maan Ji and his entire team are on a tour in Delhi and have visited schools, mohalla clinics and hospitals. I believe that Punjab will learn from the achievements of the Delhi government and adopt the measures to improve the education, health and infrastructure of the state. And good works have been done in Punjab too, more will be done in the coming years and Delhi will learn from them too,” Kejriwal added.
When asked if the Delhi government will run the Punjab government from the national capital, Kejriwal said: “It is a knowledge-sharing agreement. If a CM of one state visits another state to learn, it is not one government trying to run the other government. Tamil Nadu CM Stalin visited Delhi Schools, you cannot call that the Delhi government runs Tamil Nadu. It will be wrong to say so. Two states are learning from each other for the welfare of the public.” Kejriwal also said that the Mann government in Punjab should be given some time to perform.
The agreement-signing ceremony was also attended by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, newly-appointed Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, cabinet ministers of Punjab, and other senior officials from both the states.