In a first, Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, and the city’s Lieutenant Governor agreed on a subject matter affecting people of Delhi.
Kejriwal had gone to meet the newly appointed LG, Anil Baijal, to discuss the violence allegedly caused by the members of the RSS’s student wing, ABVP, in Ramjas College of Delhi University.
After his meeting with Baijal, the Delhi chief minister tweeted, “Met LG. Demanded arrest of those who caused violence in DU, shouted anti-India slogans n who threatened Gurmehar. He assured strict action.”
Met LG. Demanded arrest of those who caused violence in DU, shouted anti-India slogans n who threatened Gurmehar. He assured strict action
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 28, 2017
Moments later, Baijal too tweeted, “Hon’ble Chief Minister, Delhi met me at Raj Niwas..Have assured him that strict immediate action will be taken against those violating law..”
Hon'ble Chief Minister, Delhi met me at Raj Niwas..Have assured him that strict immediate action will be taken against those violating law..
— LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) February 28, 2017
Kejriwal and Baijal’s predecessor, Najeeb Jung, have always been on a collision course with both of them rarely agreeing on anything. This prompted many to conclude that the fight between the chief minister’s office and the LG was affecting the governance in Delhi.
Ramjas College had on Wednesday last week had witnessed bloody scenes as the members of the Left-affiliated AISA found themselves at the receiving end by the RSS-backed ABVP workers, who with the support of Delhi Police thrashed even journalists covering the event.
The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’ which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP.
The Delhi Police has acknowledged “unprofessional” conduct on the part of some of its personnel during the clash and suspended three policemen.