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In ‘open letter’ to Arvind Kejriwal, L-G Najeeb Jung explains why he won’t sign file on Swati Maliwal

Najeeb Jung also expressed his disappointment over the “inappropriate references” made by the Arvind Kejriwal towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: July 25, 2015 2:34 am
Swati Maliwal, DCW chief Swati Maliwal, AAP, AAP jung rift, Najeeb Jung, Swati Maliwal AAP, Delhi Commission for Women, Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung, Delhi news, india news Najeeb Jung clarified what he meant when he purportedly claimed that his office constituted the Delhi government, in his earlier letter, and even cited a letter by the Home Ministry.

Refusing to end the standoff over the appointment of Swati Maliwal as the chief of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday refused to sign the file sent by the AAP government for his approval, claiming it had not been “processed properly”.

The L-G noted his objections in an ‘open letter ‘ to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, as the acrimonious dispute between the two over Maliwal’s appointment continued to play out, in Jung’s words, “in the public domain”.

He claimed that he decided to release his letter to the public as Kejriwal had done the same with his communication to the L-G a day before. The L-G also expressed concern about the CM’s letter leading to “unsavoury comments” and even invoked “national pride and honour”.

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“Your letter to me found itself in public domain. I am, therefore, releasing a copy of this letter in public also. Your letter, being in public domain, leads to unsavoury and avoidable comments not just within the country, but also overseas. I speak with concern about national honour and pride,” said the L-G.

Jung also expressed his “disappointment” over the “inappropriate references” made by the CM towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Confirming he had received the file on Maliwal, Jung stated, “I am sure you have done due diligence in selecting Maliwal and the other members, and I would have no hesitation in confirming the appointment based on your recommendation. However, I find that the file has not been processed properly”.

Referring to the noting on Maliwal’s appointment by Women and Child Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar, who stated that he is the “appropriate authority” to take decisions related to DCW, the L-G said, “This needs to be rectified since it would not hold good in law and a fresh, revised notification needs to be prepared and submitted to this office”.

Jung also clarified what he meant when he purportedly claimed that his office constituted the Delhi government, in his earlier letter, and even cited a letter by the Home Ministry.

“By no stretch of imagination does this mean that the Government can function outside the domain defined in the Constitution, a document drafted by the best minds of our country. It simply means that Delhi, being not a State, is a Union Territory, and the L-G is a representative of the President of India, and indeed the Government of India,” he stated.

The L-G maintained that though he had agreed with Kejriwal on the issue of non-reserved subjects, the CM was still issuing notifications without seeking his approval. “I find that time and again you have been issuing notifications that have not been put up to me for approval,” he said.

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  1. C
    Jul 25, 2015 at 11:11 pm
    Send this JUNG to Pak
    1. H
      Jul 28, 2015 at 10:11 am
      AK is made of mistake. One thing is very good in AK. He does what he wants to be. Whether it is right or wrong, he does not care. Nowdays he is pointing that every wrongs things are done by PM. Even LG is run by PM. Lateron when he would realised that it was not the same as he uming. Then he would concede that it was his mistake to target the PM. He is also came to know nowdays that LALU and his parties are not bad, as he was thinking earlier. Congress is also not bad as he was blaming congress in time of ANNA Lokpal Revolution.
      1. A
        Jul 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm
        fail to understand the ideocracy of our democracy a chief minister voted by huge margin by the people gets treated like a peon by the lt governor . will the people of india accept if the president treats the pm in similar manner . this is utter nonsense and a mockery of republic called india but then AISA BHI HOTA HAI
        1. S
          Samaga Dattatri
          Jul 27, 2015 at 5:01 pm
          The reply by the L.Governor should dispel any doubts about the position of Delhi vis-a-vis other States. It is just to put irritants in the way that the AAP time and again picks up issues. Consider the way the file relating to the appointment of Maliwal was handled. These are simple and routine administrative means to be followed. If the concerned Minister thought that he was the appropriate authority to appoint, there was no need to put up the file to the Lt.G. Realising that what had been done earlier was not proper, while putting up the file care must have been taken to make suitable changes, or the notings or proceedings ought to have been redrafted. Due diligence is what is lacking or is being overlooked unfortunately.
          1. F
            Jul 26, 2015 at 5:44 pm
            It is called rule of law. What AK is doing that if the consution says "drive on left side of road" , he wants to drive on right side without changing consution. By looking his frivolous behavior, it is obvious that he is just finding excuses to hide his failure to govern
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