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I am an elected CM, not a terrorist: Arvind Kejriwal hits out at LG Anil Baijal

"Hum Delhi ke maalik hai (we are Delhi's masters), not the bureaucracy" Kejriwal asserted at one point, which was greeted with loud cheers and table thumping by the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 4, 2017 8:59 pm
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“I am an elected chief minister, not a terrorist,” Arvind Kejriwal said Thursday while dramatically hitting out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal for “opposing” a Bill to regularise guest teachers in Delhi. At a day-long session of the Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal launched a broadside against the LG, BJP and the bureaucracy, alleging a nexus between them, which prompted a walk-out by the opposition.

“Hum Delhi ke maalik hai (we are Delhi’s masters), not the bureaucracy” he asserted at one point, which was greeted with loud cheers and table thumping by the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs.

He was taking part in a discussion on a Bill introduced in the Assembly to regularise the employment of around 15,000 guest teachers (working on contractual basis) in Delhi government-run schools. The Bill was later passed by the House through voice vote.

Registering his objection, Baijal had said that matters relating to ‘services’ fall beyond the legislative competence of the Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and that the proposed legislation was not in accordance with the Constitutional scheme. Kejriwal alleged that the files relating to the regularisation of the teachers were never shown to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, by the officials on the direction of the LG.

“What state secrets do these files contain that they cannot be shown to us? I want to tell the LG that I am an elected CM of Delhi and not a terrorist. He (Sisodia) is an elected education minister, not a terrorist,” Kejriwal said, drawing references from a dialogue of the 2010 Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘My Name is Khan’.

The AAP chief’s combative speech, something he is known for, comes after a long gap when he remained unusually quiet, even on social media, refraining from attacking the opposition or Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kejriwal also took exception to Baijal’s objection that the government did not consult the Law Department before introducing the Bill.

“People did not elect the law secretary, they elected us. The country is run on democracy, not bureaucracy. We are Delhi’s masters. They (bureaucrats) will follow our orders,” he said.

Since storming to power in 2015, the AAP and the bureaucracy have shared an uneasy relationship with frequent run ins over matters of jurisdiction, mainly due to the capital’s administrative structure where the LG enjoys primacy over the elected CM. Sisodia affirmed that the Bill was introduced after due legal consultations and wondered why the LG was objecting to it when he had cleared the government’s proposal to regularise the services of around 150 Kashmiri migrant teachers employed in the city’s schools on contractual basis since 1994.

“We do not agree with the LG’s assertion that the matter comes under services. It is a matter of education and his stand amounts to insulting the Constitution, the teachers and the entire education system. Education does not just mean constructing schools. Recruitments and appointments of teachers cannot be treated separately,” he said.

During the debate, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta said the AAP government’s real intention was not regularisation, but politicisation of the issue, for which it “has not actually followed the laid down procedures governing a Bill.”

“The foundation of the Bill is flawed. One has to go by the rule of law, not rhetoric,” Gupta said, when “invited” by Kejriwal to sort out the issues and bring amendments by sitting across the table “in my chamber”.

Reacting to Gupta’s objection, Kejriwal said that through his offer of an instant dialogue, he wanted to expose the “hollowness” of the opposition.

“If you have the guts, then confront us openly. Do not take cover behind officials and fire at us,” Kejriwal said.

Gupta hit back saying Kejriwal may be a good politician, but not a “capable administrator”. A few guest teachers were present at the visitors’ gallery of the House during the debate.

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    Popot lal
    Oct 6, 2017 at 8:31 am
    I have not heard until this far of anyone in a Democracy labelling himself/herself as the "Malik" of a State or a Union Territory or even a Muni lity. This animal called Kejriwal should be put in a pound just because he is not properly domesticated in democratic mores. This is a crook par excellence! This Worm and Low Lifer will go to any extent to keep his "guddy"! He thinks that he is more than 1000 jackals in duplicity and thuggery, but hopefully, people will put him in his proper place --in a Solitary Cell in the Jail.
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    1. Kapildevsuri Suri
      Oct 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm
      The dog kejriwal who says he is malik of Delhi . HE SHOULD TAKE A LESSON FROM BHADUR SHAH ZAFFAR . HIS END WILL BE SAME . WHEN KEJRIWAL SING NA KISSI KI AANKH NOOR HUOON . EVERY BODY HATES HIM ANS SHOWN IN CORPORATION HE RECEIVE HUMILIATING DEFEAT, YET HE BOOST THIS KANGAL AS MALIK OF DELHI HIS END OF PRIDE IS NEAR?
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        subrata sarkar
        Oct 5, 2017 at 1:16 pm
        you r selected as cheap minister of delhi by the people for the people dnot think big like akbar, dynasty gone we say ati bar berona jhara pora jaba(Do not be so big that storm will fall you down) ati choto hooyna chagala murea khaba(Dnot be so small that goat will eat you.
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          Suresh
          Oct 5, 2017 at 3:36 am
          Kejri is controlled by LG by cons ution why kejri does not obey Indian cons ution It seems kejri is connected to terrorism Delhites got cheated from kejri All Indians r worried of activities of kejri Indian Intelligence does not believe kejri So LG can't trust kejri babu All r waiting time when kejri will go from Delhi cm like Congress has gone from Indian politics for doing large no of scams from Suresh jaglan panipat
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            Birendra
            Oct 5, 2017 at 2:45 am
            Mr kejriwal politics does not need educated peoples like you,it need peoples like feku who are masters of communal violence,hatred,lynching in the names of cows and pigs,this country does not need guest teachers to be regularised but need cows to be regularised on streets and highway,and need comfort and care for fake babas,not for public,yes you are elected CM by public mandate and not by tampering EVM
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              Suresh
              Oct 5, 2017 at 3:41 am
              Kejri is not reliable don't trust him kejri does drama always with Jamal Hassan
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                Srinivasan V K
                Oct 6, 2017 at 1:57 pm
                the meeting between Kamal Hassan and Arvind Kejriwal is best described as a meeting of Chachi 420 with Chacha 420
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