Kejriwal gets support of Congress, CPI(M) in his fight with LG

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has taken his ugly spat with LG Najeeb Jung to the President, but may have to wait a few more days for a meeting as Pranab Mukherjee is away on an official visit to Uttarakhand.

Kejriwal sought an appointment with the President after his row with Jung escalated following the appointment of senior IAS officer Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary.

The AAP government on 18 May locked the office of senior bureaucrat Anindo Majumdar (principal secretary services) in the Delhi secretariat, whose office had confirmed the appointment ol Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary.

Later, the AAP government appointed CM secretary Rajendra Kumar as principal secretary of services department, which was promptly dismissed by LG Najeeb Jung.

Amidst controversy over her appointment as acting Delhi chief secretary, bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin met home secretary LC Goyal.

Government sources claim the transfer and posting of officers under UT cadre and their work allocation comes under the jurisdiction of the Delhi government.

Meanwhile, the government got unexpected support from the Congress in the standoff with LG over the appointment of Gamlin as acting chief secretary. The CPI (M) too backed Kejriwal.

The political parties said appointment of any officer should not be done without consultation with the state government. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said the acting chief secretary should have been appointed as per the wishes of the chief minister.

CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury said the Central government should not encroach upon the rights of states in such matters.

“If it encroaches upon the rights of the Delhi government through the LG and if it tries to attack rights of the state, then it is wrong. We oppose it,” Yechury added. The Centre should not try to encroach upon the rights of the state government in appointing officers, he added.

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