Kejriwal, Jung meet Prez; accuse each other of violating Constitution
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today took their bitter fight to President Pranab Mukherjee and accused each other of violating the Constitution and overstepping their respective jurisdictions.
Hours before Kejriwal met the President, Jung, in a sudden turn of events, called on Mukherjee and apprised him of the ongoing tussle over the appointments of key bureaucrats in the Delhi government with sources maintaining that it was a “constitutional crisis-like situation in Delhi”.
The Lt Governor has been maintaining that he has the power to appoint and transfer the bureaucrats and none of his actions has been “unconstitutional” as was being alleged by the AAP government.
Kejriwal, who was given an appointment by the President yesterday, met Mukherjee along with his deputy Manish Sisodia, who said “LG was functioning as if there is President’s Rule in the national capital and there is no elected government here.”
“Despite having a democratically elected government, he (LG) is bypassing the chief minister and ministers and issuing instructions to officers. He is even threatening them with transfers if they do not follow his orders. It is not good for democracy.
“We told the President that we accepted LG’s decision to appoint acting Chief Secretary even without consulting us. But after that too, he has been appointing officers bypassing the elected government. He is even interfering in the appointments of secretaries and directly ordering them. Then where is the democracy,” Sisodia told reporters after meeting Mukherjee.
Earlier in the day, Jung had also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the issue and informed him about his stand-off with the AAP government.
The tussle over appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary of Delhi had turned into a full-blown war between the AAP government and Jung with Kejriwal alleging that the LG was trying to take over the administration.
Despite Kejriwal’s strong opposition, Jung had appointed her to the post on Friday.