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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the Centre of betraying the people of Delhi by siding with the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. The Chief Minister today addressed the media after the Centre issued a notification that makes it clear that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has the power to post and transfer officials.

According to the notice, the lieutenant governor was not bound to consult Delhi’s council of ministers. In a released statement, the Centre said, “The Lieutenant Governor, “may, in his discretion, obtain the views of the Chief Minister… wherever he deems it appropriate”.

Raising an objection against the Centre’s notification, Kejriwal in his address accused the Modi government of imposing their rule through Najeeb Jung, as he stated, “Lieutenant Governor is just the face, Mr Jung has no control, the orders come from the top”, adding, “Lt Governor is the Viceroy and the PMO is London. All orders come from the PMO”.

“Modi government has completed one year and they have given this notification to the people of Delhi as a gift. They are trying to run the Delhi government with three MLAs via the back door. We want to ask Narendra Modi government who are they trying to save”.

Kejriwal also said that this move was to create a hindrance in AAP government’s attempt to eradicate corruption. He was reported by NDTV as stating, “Probably the AAP government is one of the cleanest governments Delhi has ever seen”.

“We’ve cracked down on the transfer-posting industry. Earlier there was a lot of money changing hands for transfers but now that has ended under AAP.”

“They are rattled by the action taken by us against corrupt officers” he added, referring to the Central government.

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)