Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that his government is answerable to the people of the national capital and thus must be given the right to appoint officials according to its preference.
“It is being said that the day the Lieutenant Governor (Najeeb Jung) started acting against Kejriwal, his position became more secure. The LG did not ask me about the situation of electricity in the city even once. However, he is showing an unbelievable amount of interest in the transfers and posting of government officials,” Kejriwal said, while addressing the Delhi Assembly.
“We have made many promises to the people and they have expectations with us, not with the LG. And the people have lost expectations with the Prime Minister, which is why only three BJP MLAs were elected in Delhi. We are answerable to the people, hence we must have the right to appoint our officials,” he added.
Kejriwal also questioned whether Jung ‘s relationship with the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi would have been same, had she been elected as the CM of Delhi.
“If Kiran Bedi was elected the chief minister, would the LG still be interfering the way he has been? If he had interfered even once, he would have been removed from his post,” he said.
Kejriwal was speaking at a special session of the Delhi Assembly, which was called after the Centre’s notification, which gave absolute powers to the Lieutenant Governor on transfer and postings of senior bureaucrats and restricted the Anti-Corruption Bureau from probing central government employees.
The assembly also passed a resolution against the MHA notification through voice vote.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had amended a 1998 notification last week and said that according to the Constitution L-G was the “administrative head” of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
The notification came as a severe blow to the AAP government in Delhi as it mentioned that since bureaucrats and police officers working in the Delhi government belong to central cadres like AGMU, IPS, DANICS and DANIPS, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Delhi government had no jurisdiction on them. The notification would mean that the AAP would no longer be able to book these officials facing charges of corruption.