Thursday, 14 November 2019

Jung Between Najeeb And 67-Mla Walla Cm

Updated: May 29, 2015 11:14 pm

A flurry of letters a couple of days ago marked the escalating turf war between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. In the middle of an unpleasant back-and-forth, the Centre has indicated that it will not intervene. The turf war that began soon after Mr Kejriwal took charge in February peaked last week when Mr Jung decided to promote IAS officer Shakuntala Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary of Delhi, without consulting the Chief Minister Kejriwal retaliated by removing the officer who signed off on the Lieutenant Governor’s order—Principal Secretary Anindo Majumdar – who was locked out of his office recently. Two more officers were given Mr Majumdar’s duties, despite Mr Jung telling the government in a letter that the appointments were void. Both Arvind Kejriwal and the Lieutenant Governor met President Pranab Mukherjee and accused each other of violating the Constitution. The government reached out to officers amid reports that many of them have sought transfers to avoid getting caught in the crossfire. Mr Kejriwal and his Deputy Manish Sisodia met senior officials including Shakuntala Gamlin. The Centre asked Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to sit together and find a solution to the ongoing turf war triggered by the appointment of acting Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin.

“The LG and the Chief Minister should sit together and find a solution. I believe that the LG and the Chief Minister will definitely find a solution. The fight has gone beyond two constitutional heads; they were expected to fight on constitutional issues. Instead the other day door of the office of Principal Secretary was locked ostensibly on the orders of the Delhi Government. This was like a dispute between brothers. The Lieutenant Governor recently wrote to the Delhi government stressing that it was his job to approve the transfer and posting of senior officers in consultation with the Chief Minister. He also said Mr Kejriwal’s circular asking officials not to follow oral or written orders from the Lieutenant Governor were unconstitutional. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the crisis, told reporters: “The L-G and Chief Minister must jointly find out a solution to the problem.” It is said that Kejriwal claimed he had 67 MLAs with him and his directives should be respected. The problem is no one seems to have read the rules. The Delhi administration comes under the Union Home Ministry. TSR Subramaniam, former cabinet secretary rightly said, “The powers of the chairman of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation are far more than of the chief minister of Delhi.” Surely Kejriwal knows it. Is then the Jung with Jung is preparatory to another resignation. A man of street protests must get the itch to return to the street after a few months.

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