Engaged in a tussle with Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung over the appointment of a senior bureaucrat as Chief Secretary, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that he has sought an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee.
The confrontation between Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal deepened today with senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin taking charge as acting Chief Secretary despite being asked not to do so by the AAP government which accused BJP of attempting a “coup” against it through the LG.
Gamlin took charge of the post hours after Kejriwal sent her a letter asking her not to do so as her appointment was “against” the rules.
Jung had yesterday appointed Gamlin as Delhi Chief Secretary, notwithstanding strong opposition to her nomination by Kejriwal dispensation which alleged that she had close links with BSES discoms. The 1984-batch officer has, however, denied the charges saying they were baseless.
Chief Secretary KK Sharma has left for the US on a personal visit due to which the government had to appoint an acting Chief Secretary. Gamlin is currently serving as Power Secretary.
Meanwhile, Parimal Rai, who was backed by Arvind Kejriwal, declined to become acting Chief Secretary, noting that he respects the Lt Governor’s directions. The Lt Governor yesterday gave the additional charge of Chief Secretary to Gamlin, hours after she wrote a scathing letter to Jung claiming that she was pressured by a senior bureaucrat in CM’s office to withdraw from the race.