Let Delhi government function independently: Arvind Kejriwal appeals to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday appealed to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a letter, to allow his government function independently in the state. The Aam Aadmi Party leader also accused the Centre of trying to run the Delhi administration through Lt. Governor.

As reported by PTI, Kejriwal mentioned in the letter the posting and transfers made by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and said the elected government must have a say in distribution of work to senior officials.

“In Delhi, Central government is trying to run government unconstitutionally through the Lt Governor. Let Delhi government function independently,” Kejriwal said.

The letter by Kejriwal came a day after both he and Jung took their ugly spat over appointment of bureaucrats, to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Kejriwal had met Mukherjee along with his deputy Manish Sisodia on Tuesday, complaining about the interference of Jung in the functioning of Delhi government.

Sisodia was reported by PTI as stating, “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 democracy,” he added.

However as per news reports, the Lt Governor has maintained that he has the power to appoint and transfer the bureaucrats and none the actions taken by him has been “unconstitutional” as was being alleged by the AAP government.