AAP has claimed that the meeting was called to discuss non-disbursal of rations “due to faulty implementation of Aadhaar”. But Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain was not present at the meeting on Monday night.
Countering the chief secretary’s charges, two AAP MLAs, Prakash Jarwal and Ajay Dutt, have alleged that he used casteist slurs against them. The latest controversy comes on the heels of party lossing 20 MLAs in a office of profit case.
The Delhi government claims that the meeting was to convey concerns on Fair Price Shops, while officials have claimed that it had to do with a ‘blocked ad’ marking AAP’s three years in power.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said while the party was not trying to undermine the sensitivity of the Delhi issue, the bigger concern before the country is the state of the economy.
What makes this row different, perhaps, is the odd timing of the late-night meeting, and allegations of physical violence so far unseen in the capital’s political discourse.
As work stopped at the secretariat and at different government offices, some officers raised concerns over the impact it would have on the upcoming Budget.
Delhi Chief Secretary ‘assault’ case: Calling the incident “an act of Urban Naxalism”, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari sought Kejriwal’s resignation, a high-level inquiry against him and suspension of the legislators concerned.
Rajnath Singh said, “I am deeply pained by the happenings involving the Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government. The civil servants should be allowed to work with dignity and without fear.
Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash has alleged that the incident happened when he was called to discuss the issue of distribution of ration as well as the advertisements for government’s three-year anniversary at the CM’s residence.
“It is clear that top brass at the Centre is involved in this matter. How can it be possible that Vijay Mallya ran away with Rs 9,000 crore and Nirav Modi escaped with Rs 11,000 crore…,” Delhi CM added.
But there is a bigger question here. Why is it difficult in India, even after 70 years of democracy, to build non-dynastic grassroots parties which can start modestly at a regional level before wasting their limited strength on larger national ambition?
Arvind Kejriwal had faced a fresh Rs 10 crore defamation suit by Arun Jaitley after Jethmalani had used “scandalous words” while cross-examining the BJP leader.
Kejriwal said his government would make “massive investments” to improve existing condition of roads and develop drainage systems across the capital.
“Education, health and sewer will continue to be our top priority this year. But we will also make massive investment on repair of roads and construction of streets, drainage…,” he said.
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