Kejriwal reacts on LG Anil Baijal’s reported presence at Niti Aayog meet, Amitabh Kant says ‘totally incorrect’

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In a fresh twist to the ongoing controversy over the deadlock between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and LG Anil Baijal, the latter was re;ported to have attended the crucial Niti Aayog meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday.

NITI Aayog

The reported development left Kejriwal seething prompting him to take to Twitter to post his angry reactions. He wrote, “Under which provision of the Constitution does LG have powers to replace the Chief Minister? I have not authorised him to go in my place.”

However, responding to Kejriwal’s tweet, Niti Aayog’s CEO, Amitabh Kant, said the allegation ‘totally incorrect.’ He wrote, “This is totally incorrect. Lt. Governor of Delhi is not present at the Fourth Meeting of the Govening Council of NITI Aayog.”

This was hours after chief ministers of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal met together in Delhi on Saturday to extend their support to Kejriwal in his protest against the LG for his alleged support to the ongoing strike by the civil servants in the Delhi government. Pinarayi Vijayan, HG Kumaraswamy, N Chandrababu Naidu and Mamata Banerjee had shot off a joint letter to Baijal after the West Bengal chief minister was denied meeting her Delhi counterpart.

All these chief ministers also took part in today’s Niti Aayog meeting. Correspondents say that their presence was likely to make the proceedings of the meeting quite stormy.

Meanwhile, a retired bureaucrat from the central government, has slammed the striking civil servants in Delhi for their decision to remain on strike for nearly four months. K Sujatha Rao, who retired as the Union Health Secretary from the central government in 2010, said, “Unbelievable that IAS officers can go on “strike”. They have constitutional responsibilities. How can they be so irresponsible? And the LG just looks the other way? Quite a bad precedent and yet another blow to the so-called iron frame holding the country together.”

Rao’s reaction has come as a great boost to Kejriwal and added credence to his claims that the civil servants in his government were indeed boycotting work at the behest of the BJP-led central government.

Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, is camping at Raj Niwas since Monday demanding a direction to the IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their undeclared strike, among other demands.

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