New Delhi is gearing up to host the upcoming G20 summit next month, with 19 guest nations set to participate in the event. Prior to the summit, the entire Delhi NCR region is being adorned like a bride. However, the city’s festive makeover has become a subject of political rivalry between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
What is the G20 Group? What’s on the agenda for the G20 Summit? Who are the invited guests? Let’s dive into the details.
Understanding the G20 Group
The G20 group was formed as an international platform in September 1999 by finance ministers of the G7 countries. Initially convened in response to the Asian financial crisis, the G20 evolved into an informal forum for finance ministers and central bank governors. In 2008, the G20 leaders held their first summit, playing a crucial role in addressing the global financial crisis.
The G20 serves to promote international financial stability and informal cooperation among countries. Comprising 19 member countries and the European Union, the G20 plays a major role in making decisions on various global issues. The G20 leaders meet annually, and the summit often invites other organizations to participate as well.
G20 Summit Guest List and Preparations
The G20 summit scheduled for September 9-10, 2023, in New Delhi will see participation from the leaders of 19 countries and the European Union. Additionally, nine guest countries will join the G20 meeting as observers. International organizations such as the United Nations, IMF, World Bank, and others have been invited to participate.
Preparations for the summit are in full swing, with major projects taking place in the NDMA area. Delhi’s historic landmarks are being showcased to guests, and the city’s appearance is being enhanced in various ways. Cleanliness and maintenance efforts are being emphasized in preparation for the event.
Political Clash Between AAP and BJP
The run-up to the G20 summit has ignited a political clash between the AAP and BJP in Delhi. Both parties are sparring over credit for the city’s beautification projects and questioning the allocation of funds. The AAP has challenged the BJP’s claim that the central government is aiding the beautification efforts, arguing that it’s the Delhi government that has been funding and executing development work.
The AAP has accused the BJP of trying to claim credit for the developmental efforts carried out by the AAP government. They highlight that funds from different sources have been allocated and utilized by different governing bodies for road projects.
In this backdrop, as New Delhi readies itself to host global leaders, the political debate over the city’s transformation has added an intriguing dimension to the G20 preparations.