Rajnath Singh ‘advised’ Delhi CM to avoid ‘path of confrontation’


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s met with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday primarily to complain against the working style of the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

Kejriwal’s deputy, Manish Sisodia, too accompanied him for this meeting, which lasted for about one hour.

It’s not clear what transpired between Singh and Kejriwal, but sources say that the home minister had advised the latter to avoid the path of confrontation.

“You should keep LG in the confidence on big decisions. MHA’s decisions were always in line with the GNCTD (Government of National Capital Delhi) laws,” Singh reportedly told the Delhi CM.

This was their first meeting with Singh since the controversy related to the appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as additional chief secretary rocked Delhi politics about a month ago.

Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party’s government led by Arvind Kejriwal has been embroiled in a showdown with Jung over the appointment of key bureaucrats. Delhi government has challenged the MHA notification giving sweeping powers to Jung on the appointments of civil servants. The matter is currently being heard by Delhi High Court.

Last week Kejriwal and Sisodia had also met Jung to discuss measures to maintain smooth and better coordination between themselves.