Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had sought time to meet President over the Aam Aadmi Party’s rift with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on the issue of appointment of a senior bureaucrat as Chief Secretary, has been given time to meet Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.
Kejriwal will be meeting the President on Tuesday evening at 6 PM to apprise him of what the Delhi government alleges is Jung’s refusal to act “as per provisions of Constitution.”
The rift between Jung and Kejriwal deepened after senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin took 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.
In a strongly worded letter to the Jung hours after Gamlin took charge, Kejriwal had written, “I am simply aghast by your questionable instructions issued directly to the Pr. Secretary (Services) to post an officer of your choice as the acting Chief Secretary of Delhi. In doing so, you have bypassed the democratically elected government,”
“I would strongly request and urge you to remain within the confines of the Constitution and the laws relating to government of NCT of Delhi,” he said.
In the letter, he pointed to several rules of Transaction of Business Rules, saying “I cannot but conclude that This is a thinly disguised attempt to render the democratically elected govt “ineffective”.
“You (L-G) are holding a constitutional post. Whatever be the political pressures, you have a duty to uphold the constitution,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.
Kejriwal has alleged that Gamlin has 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.