Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday hit out at the Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal, while speaking in the state assembly.
While dramatically hitting out at Baijal for “opposing” a Bill to regularise guest teachers in Delhi, Kejriwal said, “I am an elected chief minister, not a terrorist.”
Alleging a nexus between the LG and the bureaucracy Kejriwal said, “Hum Delhi ke maalik hai (we are Delhi’s masters), not the bureaucracy.”
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, reported PTI. The Bill was later passed by the House through voice vote. Kejriwal’s AAP has 66 MLAs in the 70-seat Delhi assembly.
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 was quoted by PTI.
Reacting to Kejriwal’s speech, Sisodia said, “This line by @ArvindKejriwal will go down in history – ”I’m the elected chief minister, and I’m not a terrorist.”
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) October 4, 2017
Kejriwal’s agressive speech comes after a long gap of silence he’s maintained since the electoral setbacks in Goa and Delhi MCD polls.
“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. Both Kejriwal and the LG have been at loggerheads over the difference in administrative powers. The matter is current pending before the Supreme Court.
Delhi High Court in 2015 had ruled that the LG was the administrative head of National Capital Territory.