A day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attacked Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, calling him BJP’s “polling agent” in an interview, Jung said in a terse reaction, “May God forgive him (Kejriwal) for he knows not what he says.”
On why Jung restricted himself to one sentence in the face of a barrage of accusations from Kejriwal, a source close to the L-G said, “Jung is a statesman and not a politician. He cannot be expected to speak like Kejriwal. With his few words, he has said a lot.”
A combative Kejriwal on Friday accused Jung of taking orders from the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
“The L-G does not have the courage to act (against the AAP government). He is taking his orders from above.He is just saving his chair,” Kejriwal had said.
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Reacting to the interview, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said, “When he became chief minister, he took oath on the Constitution of India. But today he is insulting the parliamentary institutions and doesn’t seem to respect the chair of the L-G or the Prime Minister. His views yesterday only show his frustration at being criticised for not having performed for the city.”
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said, “Kejriwal was absolutely right when he said that he is not like Rahul Gandhi in the interview. Kejriwal is power hungry and has not stayed true to his mentor Anna Hazare or the very ideals that his own party was built on. Rahul, on the other hand, could have been a minister very easily, but chose to work for the party…”
Maken also said Kejriwal was using “derogatory language against Jung to distract people from real issues. “The real issues are power crisis, lack of water and that development has come to a standstill,” Maken said.
In his interview, Kejriwal said the L-G’s actions are “exposing Modi on a daily basis”.
“We have the right to allocate work to whoever we want, not L-G, Modi or Amit Shah. We will run the government, not them,” he declared.
Mincing no words, Kejriwal also said that Jung had been acting like a headmaster. “Are we children sitting in his class?” Kejriwal asked.