Delhi LG meets Home Secretary, telephones Home Minister

Amid his ongoing standoff with the AAP government, Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday met Union Home Secretary LC Goyal and had a talk over phone with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

New Delhi: Amid his ongoing standoff with the AAP government, Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday met Union Home Secretary LC Goyal and had a talk over phone with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Jung arrived in the Home Ministry early and had a nearly 20-minute one-on-one meeting with the Home Secretary.

Sources said they discussed about the resolution passed by the Delhi Assembly yesterday and the government's stand in the apex court with regard to the Special Leave Petition.

After the meeting with the Home Secretary, the Lt Governor declined to speak to journalists.

Sources said Jung had a telephonic talk with the Home Minister too.

However, what transpired in their conversation is not known immediately.

The meeting and the telephone call came a day after the Delhi Assembly passed a resolution rejecting the Home Ministry notification giving absolute powers to the Lt Governor in several matters, including transfer and postings of senior bureaucrats.

The Home Ministry yesterday approached the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court ruling that the May 21 notification was "suspect" and noted that the mandate of the people "must be respected by LG".

The tussle between Jung and the Kejriwal government started over the appointment of senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as the acting Chief Secretary on May 15.

Kejriwal yesterday lambasted Jung saying he was "dancing to the tune" of the Centre and "deliberately" trying to create obstacles for the AAP government.

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