Coming down heavily on Narendra Modi government and the BJP, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal questioned the notification issued by the Central government on power share between the LG and Delhi government. The notification issued early on Friday has clarified that LG is the administrative head of Delhi when it comes to the matter of law and order, police, services, transfers/posting of officers and land.
In a short press conference where he didn’t field many questions, Kejriwal told the press that “Modi government at the centre has back-stabbed the people of Delhi through this notification. This order is to protect and encourage the corrupt officers”.
“BJP with its 3 MLAs wants to run the government which has 67 MLAs,” the Delhi Chief Minister added.
Arvind Kejriwal, who also double-ups as the chieftain of Aam Aadmi Party was in particular critical of the last paragraph of the notification which stated that Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) cannot act against the officers and bureaucrats, who are posted and appointed by the Central government. He has also questioned the rationale and legal standing of the Centre notification citing that “services” in the Delhi government will be administered by the office of Lieutenant Governor.
“We are getting this gazette notification examined by our legal and constitutional experts. After that we will apprise you of our strategy,” Kejriwal told when sought about his next move.
Claiming that the BJP-led central government was interfering through backdoor, he once again alleged the nexus between the members of political parties and bureaucrats on the transfers and postings. This is the second time that AAP top leadership has made a direct reference on bureaucrats and civil servants. Earlier even deputy CM Manish Sisodia had called the notification as a way to safeguard what they have been calling a “transfer-posting industry”.
Once again Kejriwal launched an attack on Delhi LG Najeeb Jung. Accusing the LG acting on the direction of NDA government, he said, “The Prime Minister’s Office acts like the Queen of England used to, with the Lieutenant Governor as Viceroy”.
Meanwhile, the opposition Congress, which ruled the state for 15 years without any such confrontation, accused both the BJP and AAP as responsible for “mess” in Delhi. It further claimed that both of them have “crossed their limits” and were “not following set rules of governance”.
“Governance is a very delicate issue, people don’t know who takes the decision as it’s a faceless thing. But unfortunately, Jung and Kejriwal who themselves come from a bureaucratic background are not following the set rules of governance and are washing their dirty linen in public,” Congress MP P L Punia told the press.