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Lt Governor Najeeb Jung functioning as if there is President’s Rule in Delhi: Manish Sisodia

The tussle turned into a full-blown war between Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and CM Arvind Kejriwal after the latter locked the offices of Principal Secretary Anindo Majumdar on Monday.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2015 8:32 pm
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday took their bitter fight to President Pranab Mukherjee and accused each other of violating the Constitution and overstepping their respective jurisdictions.

Hours before Kejriwal met the President, Jung, in a sudden turn of events, called on Mukherjee and apprised him of the ongoing tussle over the appointments of key bureaucrats in the Delhi government with sources maintaining that it was a “constitutional crisis-like situation in Delhi”.

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The Lt Governor has been maintaining that he has the power to appoint and transfer the bureaucrats and none of his
actions were “unconstitutional” as was being alleged by the AAP government.

Kejriwal, who was given an appointment by the President yesterday, met Mukherjee along with his deputy Manish Sisodia, who said “LG was functioning as if there is President’s Rule in the national capital and there is no elected government here.”

“Despite having a democratically elected government, he (LG) is bypassing the chief minister and ministers and issuing instructions to officers. He is even threatening them with transfers if they do not follow his orders. It is not good for democracy.

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“We told the President that we accepted LG’s decision to appoint acting Chief Secretary even without consulting us. But after that too, he has been appointing officers bypassing the elected government. He is even interfering in the appointments of secretaries and directly ordering them. Then where is the democracy,” Sisodia told reporters after meeting Mukherjee.

Earlier in the day, Jung had also met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the issue and informed him about his stand-off with the AAP government.

The tussle over the appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary of Delhi had turned into a full-blown war between the AAP government and Jung with Kejriwal alleging that the LG was trying to take over the administration.

Despite Kejriwal’s strong opposition, Jung had appointed her to the post on Friday. Describing the meeting with Mukherjee as “good”, Sisodia said, “We have requested him (President) to ask him (L-G) to not do what he is doing. President listened to us carefully and I hope that he will look into this matter.”

“We told President that Lt Governor is acting as if there is President’s rule in Delhi. The main thing is that he is directing officers directly. In the last one week, he has directly ordered officers at least four times, bypassing chief minister, ministers, Council of ministers,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the AAP government appointed senior bureaucrat Arvind Ray as Principal Secretary of general
administration department bypassing Jung. Significantly, the order to appoint Ray was issued by Rajendra Kumar in his capacity as Principal Secretary (Services) though his appointment to the post by AAP government was declared “void” by Jung yesterday.

The charge of the general administration department, as well as services department, was given to Kumar after Aninda Majumdar was divested of both the responsibilities by the AAP government.

Majumdar was removed on Saturday after he issued an order notifying the appointment of Gamlin as acting chief secretary on Friday. The LG, on the same evening, had declared the order to transfer Majumdar “void”.

Yesterday, Majumdar had found his office in Delhi Secretariat locked. Later the AAP government had appointed
Kumar as Principal Secretary of services and general administration departments.

In its order today, the AAP government said Ray has been appointed as Principal Secretary in place of Kumar. Earlier this year, AAP government had removed Ray as Principal Secretary of the home department and had not assigned him any work since then.

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    bonku
    May 19, 2015 at 7:31 pm
    2 minutes ago The bigger picture, the actual motive to recruit such people like Mr Jung and that IAS officer (loyal corporate executives) and intention of this Modi Govt becomes clearer when we correlate recent policy issues (land accusation bill, labor law reform etc). One can Check this BBC article published just yesterday, led, "Why India’s government is targeting Greenpeace". I know bhakts never listen anything or anyone who oppose its (blind) bhakti. Anyway, others can check it. Quoting from it: "And the Indian government has singled out the environmental pressure group, Greenpeace, for special attention. The reason why says a lot, both about Mr Modi's ambitions for India and his atude to dissent. Coal is the main source of power in India and is central to the BJP government's plans to boost industrial production. It is also the most polluting of all fossil fuels and a key driver of climate change. And, when it comes to coal, India compares poorly even with China, as Mr Modi's visit highlights. China's use of coal has been falling steeply, helping stall world growth in CO2 emissions. Meanwhile India's CO2 emissions are forecast to rise rapidly. According to the International Energy Agency, India is set to double its coal consumption by 2035 and become the world's largest coal importer by around 2020. Almost half of the 1,200 new coal-fired power stations proposed around the world are in India according to the World Resources Insute. That's why campaigning against the coal industry in India has been a priority for Greenpeace. The Adani Group is the third biggest coal company in world and its head, Gautam Adani, is known to be close to the Indian prime minister. Then consider this excellent, unbiased National Geographic article published last month, led, "How Coal Fuels India’s Insurgency". Quoting fro it- " “In many parts of India today, Maoism is not ideology driven but levy driven,” warned Jairam Ramesh, India’s minister for rural affairs before his National Congress party (INC) government fell to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 elections. Ramesh was so concerned about the symbiosis between the Naxalites and the mining industry that he had publicly demanded a moratorium on all mining in the areas worst affected by the insurgents. “Where there is mining, there is Maoism, because where there is mining, there is more revenue, and where there is more revenue, there is more extortion,” he added. “Some of the best-known names in Indian industry are running businesses in the Maoist areas by paying off the Maoists. I don’t want to name names, but these are the biggest names in Indian industry.
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      bonku
      May 19, 2015 at 10:31 pm
      Mr Jung and most of IAS type (un)civil 'servants' indicate why India is a perpetually "developing' country and the (dirty) mentality of India's socio-political 'elites'.
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        bonku
        May 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm
        One can check check this BBC article published just yesterday, led, "Why India’s government is targeting Greenpeace" to have some idea of the bigger picture. Quoting from it: "And the Indian government has singled out the environmental pressure group, Greenpeace, for special attention. The reason why says a lot, both about Mr Modi's ambitions for India and his atude to dissent. Coal is the main source of power in India and is central to the BJP government's plans to boost industrial production. It is also the most polluting of all fossil fuels and a key driver of climate change. And, when it comes to coal, India compares poorly even with China, as Mr Modi's visit highlights. China's use of coal has been falling steeply, helping stall world growth in CO2 emissions. Meanwhile India's CO2 emissions are forecast to rise rapidly. According to the International Energy Agency, India is set to double its coal consumption by 2035 and become the world's largest coal importer by around 2020. Almost half of the 1,200 new coal-fired power stations proposed around the world are in India according to the World Resources Insute. That's why campaigning against the coal industry in India has been a priority for Greenpeace. The Adani Group is the third biggest coal company in world and its head, Gautam Adani, is known to be close to the Indian prime minister. Then consider this excellent, unbiased National Geographic article published last month, led, ""How Coal Fuels India’s Insurgency". Quoting fro it- " “In many parts of India today, Maoism is not ideology driven but levy driven,” warned Jairam Ramesh, India’s minister for rural affairs before his National Congress party (INC) government fell to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 elections. Ramesh was so concerned about the symbiosis between the Naxalites and the mining industry that he had publicly demanded a moratorium on all mining in the areas worst affected by the insurgents. “Where there is mining, there is Maoism, because where there is mining, there is more revenue, and where there is more revenue, there is more extortion,” he added. “Some of the best-known names in Indian industry are running businesses in the Maoist areas by paying off the Maoists. I don’t want to name names, but these are the biggest names in Indian industry.”
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          bonku
          May 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm
          The bigger picture, the actual motive to recruit corporate moles and people like Mr Jung and that IAS officer (loyal corporate executives), and intention of this Modi Govt becomes clearer when we correlate recent policy issues (land accusation bill, labor law reform etc, banning selected NGOs like Green Peace etc). One can Check this BBC article published just yesterday, led, "Why India’s government is targeting Greenpeace". I know bhakts never listen anything or anyone who oppose its (blind) bhakti. Anyway, others can check it. Quoting from it: "And the Indian government has singled out the environmental pressure group, Greenpeace, for special attention. The reason why says a lot, both about Mr Modi's ambitions for India and his atude to dissent. Coal is the main source of power in India and is central to the BJP government's plans to boost industrial production. It is also the most polluting of all fossil fuels and a key driver of climate change. And, when it comes to coal, India compares poorly even with China, as Mr Modi's visit highlights. China's use of coal has been falling steeply, helping stall world growth in CO2 emissions. Meanwhile India's CO2 emissions are forecast to rise rapidly. According to the International Energy Agency, India is set to double its coal consumption by 2035 and become the world's largest coal importer by around 2020. Almost half of the 1,200 new coal-fired power stations proposed around the world are in India according to the World Resources Insute. That's why campaigning against the coal industry in India has been a priority for Greenpeace. The Adani Group is the third biggest coal company in world and its head, Gautam Adani, is known to be close to the Indian prime minister. Then consider this excellent, unbiased National Geographic article published last month, led, "How Coal Fuels India’s Insurgency". Quoting fro it- " “In many parts of India today, Maoism is not ideology driven but levy driven,” Jairam Ramesh was so concerned about the symbiosis between the Naxalites and the mining industry that he had publicly demanded a moratorium on all mining in the areas worst affected by the insurgents. “Where there is mining, there is Maoism, because where there is mining, there is more revenue, and where there is more revenue, there is more extortion,” he added. “Some of the best-known names in Indian industry are running businesses in the Maoist areas by paying off the Maoists. I don’t want to name names, but these are the biggest names in Indian industry.”
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            bonku
            May 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm
            This Delhi LG and the lady IAS officer (wife of Ex-CM of Arunachal Pradesh) both should have NOT been selected for ANY influential public post in the first place. Both ex-Reliance executives are totally corrupt and morally bankrupt (as expected from any Lala company executive, and, they were at the worst of the lot, RIL). I congratulate AAP for exposing the farce of statehood (and election) for Delhi. I hope BJP and Congress will now fulfill its own promise to grant full statehood to Delhi where democratically elected ministers have the authority to govern. It's the people of Delhi who should judge the efficacy of its own elections and decision (just like any other state) and NOT any LG or other proxy of another person/government.
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