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Delhi Turf War: While Kejriwal and Jung exchange blows, it is the bureaucrat who gets quashed

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By Gaurav Sharma

The Delhi turf war, involving Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is reaching its crescendo with the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) knocking the doors of President Pranab Mukherjee, hours before the CM was scheduled to meet the President.

After making a visit to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the L-G met the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed the stand-off that has rocked the executive.

For the past few days, Jung and Kejriwal, the city’s top two authorities have been locked in a bitter confrontation over the appointment of senior bureaucrats, with the Aam Aam Party not shying away from accusing Jung of bypassing an elected government in its ‘rightful’ attempt to place officers of its choice.

The heated battle was reignited after Principal Secretary Anindo Majumdar was removed from office and replaced by CM’s Secretary Rajendra Kumar. Hours later, the new appointment was declared as void by the L-G.

Subsequently, a red-faced AAP government threatened to not comply with the “unconstitutional” orders and intended on speaking with the President. Some TV reports suggested that Kejriwal had appointed Arvind Ray general administration department secretary, in place of Majumdar.

“Your directions are against the provisions of the law and the Constitution. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will apprise Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the issue,” deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia wrote to the L-G.

While the L-G refuses to budge from his position and maintains that he is the main authority in dealing with transfer and postings of senior bureaucrats, eminent lawyers back Kejriwal as the supreme authority in the matter.

Demolishing Jung’s claims, Senior advocate Indira Jaising observes, “There is no provision granting the L-G the power to act at his own discretion in the matter of appointment of the chief secretary.”

Almost echoing Jaising’s views, Supreme Court lawyer Rajeev Dhawan says that Kejriwal has the ‘perfect right” to choose a chief secretary of his choice and the current crisis has been created by the L-G.

Others, however feel that the real reason behind the removal of Majumdar from office is the issuance of a letter of appointment to Shakuntala Doley Gamlin against the CM’s wishes.

Kejriwal went ahead and further accused Gamlin of favouring power companies, an allegation that has come under sharp criticism from Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, as being insulting to the people of North-East.

The confrontation, which has transfused into a  full-blown war, has already seen the embarrassing lock-out of a senior IAS officer in Majumdar. It is a case in point of the dismal way in which bureaucrats are treated in the country.

When the honest bureaucrats who are the real architects behind the smooth functioning of the country as a well-oiled machine, are subjected to such deeply humiliating gestures, it speaks volumes about the dictatorial attitude that the political representatives espouse.

The Delhi turf war is but a ‘war of egos’ , in which the real work-horses of the administrative machinery are toyed with as mere puppets. Denigrating such high-ranking officials only serves to throttle the vibrant democracy that is India.

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.