HTLS Day 2 highlights: Congress is declining at national level, says Kejriwal
'Defining a New Era' is the theme of this year's Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, which is being held virtually for the first time.
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The second day of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2020 features former captain of Indian cricket team, Kapil Dev, in conversation with Ayaz Menon, sports writers and journalist. From post-Covid-cricket to bowlers' fitness to Virat Kohli's paternity leave, the legendary cricket touched an array of issues in the first session.
In the second session, Hindustan Times Executive Editor Kunal Pradhan spoke to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Though the session centred around the third wave of Covid-19 in Delhi, Kejriwal also talked about MCD, Congress and how he fails to understand why "liberals" are sometimes upset with him.
The virtual Summit will bring together global leaders to draw a blueprint for what lies ahead for India and the world. Live discussion will be spread over 4 weeks starting November 19, 2020; every Thursday and Friday.
The Hindustan Times Leadership Summit was launched in 2003 to enhance the level of discourse on critical issues, encourage interaction among leaders in important areas and present international quality thought- platforms aimed at solutions. The last seventeen Summits have been outstanding successes with attendance by leaders from India and across the world. The audience comprised of senior politicians, bureaucrats, diplomats, business executives, thinkers, commentators and analysts. Over the years, the Summit has become one of India’s most prestigious and eagerly awaited fora.
Read: Delhi’s Covid-19 positivity rate dipped by 5% in 5 days
“In the last few days, the positivity rate has dropped from 15% to 13% on November 17 and today on November 20, it is at 10.5%. So the positivity rate in Delhi has dropped by 5% in as many days. This has given us hope that we may perhaps be past the peak of the third wave of infection that the city has been reeling under,” the Delhi chief minister said.
Read: What Kejriwal says on nationwide lockdown
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday lockdown imposed in March to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) helped his government prepare the health infrastructure to deal with the pandemic.
Time will tell: Kejriwal on AAP's national plan
"There is a need for an alternative in national politics. Congress can't offer that now. AAP is a small party. We have government in Delhi. We are in the opposition in Punjab. Time will tell whether we will have a bigger role to play. It would be presumptuous to comment now," Kejriwal said.
Why people are miffed if I perform Lakshmi Puja, asks Arvind Kejriwal
"I don't understand why people are miffed with me for doing a good thing. Shouldn't I do puja? Tell your liberal friends they should also do the same for mental peace," Kejriwal said.
Congress is declining in national level: Kejriwal
"People are voting for Congress as they are fed up with the BJP. But then Congress is enabling BJP government. Congress is declining in national level. It seems it has no guardian. It can give no alternative," Kejriwal said.
MCD has financially collapsed: Kejriwal
"MCD is not being able to pay salaries. Employees are calling for strikes every month. How will they work then? It should not have fund crunch. I am new to politics. But I think if governments are working honestly, then there should not be any crisis," says Kejriwal.
Lockdown in Delhi again? What Kejriwal says
"Lockdown is not a solution. It just delays the spread of the infection. Every government needs to assess its health infrastructure before imposing lockdown. We have two challenges. We have to fight Covid-19 and we have to boost the economy," Kejriwal said.
There shouldn't be any political discrimination in vaccine distribution: Kejriwal
There should not be any VIP, non-VIP discrimination in vaccine distribution, Kejriwal said.
Covid antibodies are depleting in two months, doctors are saying: Kejriwal
"We haven't heard about reinfections. But doctors are saying that Covid antibodies are depleting in two months," Kejriwal said.
Watch: Kejriwal speaking about Delhi roads
There was no complacency after first wave, says Kejriwal
"We didn't convert Covid beds to non-Covid. Had we been complacent, we would have done that. We waited. But we didn't expect the second and the third waves," Kejriwal said.
The November 11 tally was probably the highest in world: Delhi CM
The number of fresh cases reported on November 11 (over 8,000) is probably the highest in the world, Kejriwal said.
First published: Nov 20, 2020 17:18 IST