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Delhi Chief Secy row: Kejriwal govt doing ‘character assassination’ of Gamlin, says Kiren Rijiju

"This is nothing but character assassination of a lady IAS officer from the Northeast. They are saying she is incapable. What are the charges against her?" said Rijiju.

By: Press Trust of India | Updated: May 17, 2015 9:03 pm
Kiren Rijiju, Rijiju AAP, Arvind kerjiwal, Najeeb Jung, Kiren Rijiju, AAP, rijiju AAP, Gamlin AAP, AAP Najeeb Jung, Chief secretary Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju

The war of words over appointment of Delhi’s Acting Chief Secretary on Sunday continued with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju accusing the AAP government of indulging in character assassination of a lady IAS officer from the Northeast and “disobeying” the Constitution.

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Accusing the AAP of insulting the people of Delhi, the Minister said the officer’s appointment was made by the LG as per rules and the Delhi government was making allegations against her without any proof. “This is nothing but character assassination of a lady IAS officer from the Northeast. They are saying she is incapable. What are the charges against her. If she is involved in any corruption, bring charges against her. By making public statements against her, they are just indulging in character assassination, it is an insult to the people of Northeast,” he told PTI here.

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Rijiju’s comments came in the wake of the controversy over Arvind Kejriwal government’s opposition to the appointment of Shakuntala Doley Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary of Delhi by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. Gamlin hails from Assam. The Minister said the officer’s appointment was made by the LG as per the rules and the Delhi government was making allegations against her without any proof.

“What are charges against her. If you have proof, show it,” he said. Rijiju charged that the AAP government was trying to violate rules and disobeying the Constitution by questioning the authority of the LG. He asked whether the city government was trying to bring anarchy in Delhi.

The Minister strongly criticised the AAP’s charge that the Centre was attempting a “coup” in Delhi and questioned use of “undemocratic words” like coup. Making it clear the national capital is just a Union Territory, he said its government cannot be equated with any other state government as the LG enjoys special power and the state government has limited powers as per Constitution.

“You keep saying that you are an elected government. But you must understand that the three municipal corporations in Delhi are also elected bodies.The central government is also elected by the people. All work under the Constitution and follow rules. “Merely because you are an elected government does not mean that you have overriding powers and work against rules and the Constitution,” Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, said.

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    bonku
    May 17, 2015 at 8:26 pm
    @ BharatK. I lived in am, Jorhat for few years. I very well know how they (NE elites and extremists alike) are - how they behave in their own home land as compared to when outside. The problem for NE region are mainly due to its utter incompetent socio-political elites and total mis-governance by them. They are the first one to play the "NE abuse" card and naive people who are cut off from mainland/mainstream of Indian potion believe them. They are not fighting for dignity but few aspiring leaders/ failed professionals are provoking others to enjoy same wealth and privileges as compared to its traditional elites mainly by instigating violence and the same "NE abuse" card!
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      bonku
      May 17, 2015 at 5:42 pm
      I am no fan of AAP or AK. But I'm not sure why loyal Ex-Reliance executives are placed in influential Govt positions and top bureaucracy by both Congress and BJP led governments- in a systemic manner? Both Delhi LG, Najib Jung and this lady (also the wife of ex-Arunachal CM) were reliance executives and took active part to promote RIL in its various Govt projects- mainly the gas price hike in Delhi (for which previous AAP govt filed FIR and law suit). Both of them (Jung and this lady) should be kicked out.
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        bonku
        May 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm
        I lived in am, Jorhat for few years. I very well know how they are - how they behave in their own home land as compared to when outside. The problem for NE region are mainly due to its utter incompetent socio-political elites and total mis-governance by them. They are the first one to play the "NE abuse" card and naive people who are cut off from mainland/mainstream of Indian potion believe them. They are not fighting for dignity but few aspiring leaders/ failed professionals are provoking others to enjoy same wealth and privileges as compared to its traditional elites mainly by instigating violence and the same "NE abuse" card!
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          bonku
          May 17, 2015 at 5:45 pm
          It has NOTHING to do with her NE origin. NEP people must come out of that defensive behavior and stop thinking that anyone blaming against any NE origin person is due to his/her NE origin. That's shear stupidity- but it serve NE guys well- mainly the socio-political elites there to shift their incompetence and corruption to destroy that region and making it one of the most deprived, poor, ill governed places in India.
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            Anil pillai
            May 18, 2015 at 3:17 am
            If we don't let him do what he wants, chief minister may resign!!!!!
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