Feud escalates over Shunglu panel, AAP threatens to expose Jung: ‘Stop behaving like BJP spokesperson’

Stepping up the party’s attack on Jung, senior AAP leader Ashutosh said the Lt Governor “should stop behaving like a spokesperson of his newly adopted political master, the BJP.”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2016 9:43 am
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A day after the AAP government and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung locked horns over a three-member panel set up by the latter to examine 400 government files, the former alleged that the CBI was being “misused” against it on the Centre’s directions. “It is a matter of deep regret that the central government’s appointee Najeeb Jung is openly threatening to unleash the Central Bureau of Investigation upon the democratically elected government of Delhi,” the government said in an official statement.

“The Lt Governor’s statement unmasks the ulterior motive behind setting up of the three member Shunglu Committee, whose formation was anyway in violation of the Constitution of India and the GNCTD Act,” it added. “His (Jung’s) public statement only goes to highlight the deep crisis in our federal democracy. Increasingly, the high offices of Governors and Lieutenant Governors are being politically misused to sabotage democratically elected governments,” said the government.

Stepping up the party’s attack on Jung, senior AAP leader Ashutosh said the Lt Governor “should stop behaving like a spokesperson of his newly adopted political master, the BJP.”

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“The press release issued by the LG office Friday is an open threat to an elected government. The matter is sub judice and being heard in the Supreme Court. You (LG) cannot decide on this. The language used is undemocratic, unconstitutional, shameful and condemnable,” he said.

“The LG, who is the only political appointee of the previous Congress-led UPA government to have so far managed to survive in the current BJP regime, should stop behaving like a political spokesperson of his latest adopted outfit, the BJP. Mr Jung should know fully well that before him, his newly adopted political masters in the Modi government have unsuccessfully tried to browbeat the… Delhi government and the AAP with the threat of unleashing the caged parrot, the CBI, on us,” he added.

“The AAP will fully expose the numerous acts of omission and commission of Mr Jung in various capacities. The party will also expose how he had tried to avoid holding fresh assembly elections in Delhi in 2015 by having unsuccessfully tried to install a BJP government through horse-trading but all his attempts to please his newly adopted political masters fell flat.

“It is strange that Mr Jung, whose own role is under the scanner in the CNG fitness scam, is presiding over the Delhi ACB to harass the ministers and MLAs of Delhi,” said Ashutosh.

Responding to the government’s allegations, a source in the LG’s office said, “… It is a committee of former civil servants known for their unimpeachable integrity and competence.”

Meanwhile, the BJP’s Delhi unit claimed Saturday that the capital was heading towards a “constitutional crisis” and asked its workers to be prepared for assembly polls. At an executive meet of the party’s district unit, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said, “Delhi is heading towards a constitutional crisis… every passing day, a new scandal of the Kejriwal government is being revealed… the assembly elections may take place any day”.

On Friday, the Delhi cabinet had passed a resolution stating that the committee, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu, was “unconstitutional”, prompting the LG’s office to issue a point-by-point rebuttal. The LG’s office has claimed that several files show “grave misdemeanours” and “are in the process of being referred to the CBI for investigation”.

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    IML sood
    Oct 16, 2016 at 1:50 am
    This wide mouthed Khujli monkey,a discarded newchannel reporter is ranting as if he will bring LG down without knowing that each and every wrong and illegal action by the Khujli Govt. is going to to be brought to the notice of public in Delhi by the high powered committee and criminal actions will be taken care of by CBI. It is nothing but the danger of their loot and illegal doings coming before public,in fact is shaking their legs as AAP will stand exposed. Now big Q is how they would boast their self made clean image in other states after failure in Delhi.Why these Aaptards want to show the innocence that in the name of Khujli elected Govt they can not interpret illegal actions as legal.
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      PCKULKARNI
      Oct 16, 2016 at 4:53 am
      BJP is trying to take revenge against Kejriwal via LG as he inflicted a humiliating 67 to 3 defeat to BJP.
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        chanduchcha
        Oct 16, 2016 at 4:48 am
        Kejriwal is a very cheap politician. He can stoop to any level to get political milage - see what he is doing to get pattidaar votes in Gujrat. He will indulge in casteist, communal and corrupt political practices and will still claim high moral ground. But at the same time will claim high moral ground 'hum to ji alag hai'. This dumb wit is no different from Lalu, Mulayam, or BJP or Cong, but goes on tom toming around...he is the most pathetic liar, who gets into your skin. God save India from him, even Lalus look more acceptable then this fella.
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          cv
          Oct 16, 2016 at 2:13 am
          JUNG will report to Centre and don't expect he has to work against Centre. What about AK? Delhi GOvt is working for whom? AAP is working against all. Only time will tell what for they are working. They created the worst politics and bad for India.
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            Laxmi Narayan
            Oct 16, 2016 at 12:43 pm
            Time has come for DELHI CHHOD ANDOLAN. Then only Delhi will become a state and independent for an elected govt. to function. . . .
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              Jawahar D.R
              Oct 16, 2016 at 7:08 am
              Can PMO files be subjected to scrutiny by President ? Just because LG has special powers, it does not mean he can do anything. AAP is an elected govt and people of Delhi will decide every 5 years. Strangely courts are silent and not asking for review of the powers of LG in states like Delhi, Pondicherry. Otherwise let LG rule the state. Dual power structure will not help in administration. Supreme Court should step in to prevent the rogue intention of BJP. AAP has really done some good things in Delhi like saving power and water cost, mohalla clinics, school reforms. Both BJP and Congress are trying to prevent success of AAP in Punjab, Goa and Gujarat and hence such tortures. People should rally behind AAP a good alternative to corrupt congress and BJP .
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                Sanjay Gupta
                Oct 16, 2016 at 6:38 am
                Till today AAP has not been able to expose anyone apart from making allegations without substantiating them or registering a case in court of law. On the other hand everyday they are being exposed and cases getting registered against its MLAs. They don't know anything apart from shooting their mouths off. Already on decline and trending in PAK. Next Delhi elections will show them the mirror.
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                  ak27
                  Oct 16, 2016 at 4:05 am
                  He can even say he will unleash Army on delhi govt. he can go to any extent to please his masters. Especially on powerless govt.
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