Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, has said that he had forgiven Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had called him ‘dog.’
Speaking to India Today’s Karan Thapar, he said that clashes between the Lieutenant Governor and chief minister of Delhi were inevitable and arose out of their different oaths of office, powers and roles.
“Waqt ane pe tujhe bata dengey aye aasman, hum abhi se kya btayein kya teri mehfil mein hain,” Jung quoted poet Bismil while responding to Kejriwal’s remark calling him an agent of the BJP.
On Kejriwal’s dog, remark, he called the Delhi CM naive adding that he had forgiven him but “But Arvind Kejriwal is yet to apologise.”
Jung also said that Odd-Even scheme had made no impact on reducing the pollution level in the national capital and making it a permanent feature will put a huge strain on the police as well as raise security problems.
He said, “Running odd-even ad infinitum would put a huge strain on the police as well as raise security problems.”
On his constant battle with Kejriwal Jung said, “His oath to the Constitution is different from mine. His oath is to abide by the Constitution while my oath is to protect and defend it. The oath to abide by the Constitution gives him the latitude to interpret the Constitution.”
On Bharat Mata Ki Jai controversy
Jung said that the controversy surrounding Bharat Mata Ki Jai was manufactured.
He said, “You can say ‘I don’t want to say it’. But that does not mean I am not nationalistic. That would not mean that I am anti-India.”
The LG added, “My mother is 95 years old. Every morning, I bow to touch her feet. Am I worshipping her? I think in this controversy, people for the semantics of the language, are losing the nuances of the words.
“Worship comes in different dimensions to me and to that end Bharat Mata Ki Jai is worship of a different kind from a worship of a deity. I do not represent any community. I am not representing any religion here. This is a manufactured controversy.”
“It’s a matter of pride for a person belonging to any country to love his country, to be prepared to die for his country. Therefore, we are absolutely happy to say Madre Watan Zindabad, Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Hindustan Zindabad or whatever.”
He, however, made it clear that nobody had the right to force others to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai.
He said, “I don’t think you can force anyone to say anything. I can’t force my children to do anything.”
“To politicians, who say it’s anti-Islamic to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai, I would say hood off. Let’s not raise tempers, when we needn’t raise tempers. This is the country that needs to take a step back from raise tempers and unnecessary angers,” he added.
Jung said that ‘we should ignore those politicians’ who felt that the refusal to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai amounted to being anti-national.