Opposition parties were united in their attack on the AAP government on Saturday over the row surrounding the appointment of senior official Shakuntala Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary.
Cutting across party lines, leaders slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his “dictator-like” approach on the issue.
“Lt-Governor is the head of Delhi and Kejriwal has a dictator-like approach,” Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said.
He also alleged that AAP is doing “politics of confrontation” and wanted the Lt Governor, bureaucrats and even mayors to work “according to the chief minister”.
Congress leaders too likened Kejriwal to a “dictator” and asked him to work in a democratic way.
“Arvind Kejriwal portrays himself as dictator when it comes to dealing with his party leaders, the L-G and the government. He should work in democratic way,” Congress leader P L Punia said.
“Both the Centre and the AAP government are at fault here. The manner in which the Centre is interfering in the workings of the Delhi government is highly regrettable. At the same time, the manner in which Kejriwal has been acting shows that the people of Delhi are simply not his priority,” Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said.
BJP leader Nalin Kohli said, “The L-G has the power and he took a decision. He approved one of the names that was acceptable to (Manish) Sisodia and his government. It is the AAP which is creating a constitutional crisis and trying to politicise it.”
Senior bureaucrat Ashish Joshi said, “It is very sad and it is not a good signal. I have worked with Shakuntala Gamlin and found her to be very committed. This strategy of targeting a civil servant is extremely dangerous for democracy.”