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New Delhi: Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung wrote a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, asking him to send the “panel of names” of candidates for Lokayukta’s post in the capital. The post has been vacant since November 2013.

Kejriwal-and-Jung-700In the letter, which was delivered to the Chief Minister’s Office, Jung has asked Kejriwal to send the list of candidates without delay, as the final candidate for the post will only be finalised after the President’s approval.

The letter stated: “In view of the provisions in law and the previous two communications from this secretariat, it is imperative that a panel of names is sent to this secretariat without any further delay, for formal consultation with the leader of opposition and chief justice of Delhi High Court.”

The Delhi High Court had said earlier that it would be “better” if the government appointed the Lokayukta quickly, in reply to which the Delhi government had told the court that it was “firmly committed to implementing the Lokayukta Act.”

The Delhi Lokayukta and Uplokayukta Act 1995, stats that the anti-corruption ombudsman is appointed after consultations with the chief justice of high court and the leader of opposition in the legislative assembly.

Jung said: “The above appointment has been much delayed and this secretariat reminded the government of NCT Delhi on three occasions, the latest being August 28,2015. I will proceed in the matter as soon as I have formally received a panel of names from the government of NCT Delhi.”

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly and BJP MLA Vijender Gupta, also criticised the AAP government over the issue.

Gupta alleged that the government had decided to offer the post of Lokayukta to Law Commission Chairman Justice A P Shah, without discussing with him and had then taken the matter to the high court; later Justice A P Shah declined the AAP government’s offer.

Gupta said that on August 22, in a communication, the CM had asked him about his choices for the post of Lokayukta; he claimed that the controversy over the government’s proposal of appointing one without his consultation, had forced Kejriwal to take his opinion.

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He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS