Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung a Congress agent: AAP

By Kamna Arora | Last Updated: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 16:01

Zee Media Bureau/Kamna Arora

New Delhi: In an unprecedented attack, the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday dubbed Lt Governor Najeeb Jung as an “agent of Congress”.

Raising doubts over the credentials of Jung, AAP leader Ashutosh questioned: “How come a number of conversations held within the premises of the LG office were leaked?”

The former journalist also alleged that a conspiracy was being hatched to destabilise the Aam Aadmi Party government, which entered the corridors of power in Delhi in last year`s Assembly Elections with the external support of Congress.
"The Lieutenant Governor is meant to look after the interests of the people of Delhi, not work as an agent of the Congress," said Ashutosh.

"My opinion is that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung is trying to spoil the image of the Aam Aadmi Party. As soon as the letter reaches the Lt Governor it gets leaked to the media," Ashutosh told the media.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has reportedly cancelled his meet with the LG, which was scheduled to be held this evening to discuss the issue. Meanwhile, a delegation of Congress leaders held talks with Jung at his office. Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely told reporters that his party is not against Jan Lokpal Bill but the way it is being brought up, which he termed as unconstitutional.

Taking note of Ashutosh`s comments, Congress leader JP Agarwal said that the LG is a respectable man and the AAP cannot throw muck at people.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party leader VK Malhotra took a jibe at Congress for giving support to the AAP.

It is incomprehensible why the Congress is still extending support despite AAP`s rebuke and defiance, Malhotra said.

Notably, Ashutosh made the statements a day after the AAP government`s plans to enact the Jan Lokpal Bill in a public venue next week faced fresh hurdles with Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran insisting that the Lt Governor`s prior approval is necessary.

Parasaran, whose opinion was sought by Jung on the constitutionality of the Delhi Government`s proposal to enact the bill without seeking Centre`s clearance, is understood to have conveyed to him that it will be illegal if enacted without the consent, reports PTI.
The SG is also believed to have told the LG that Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, passed last year by Parliament, is in force and a Lokpal Bill in Delhi will be repugnant to the central law. Therefore, it will require the assent of the President.

On his part, Parasaran said: "I am not bothered about politics. We have only given our opinion based on the constitutional position. Therefore, it is for the Lt Governor to consider it and possibly act as he thinks fit."

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday cleared the draft of the anti-graft Delhi Lokpal Bill, 2014, and had said that the bill would be passed in special Assembly Session on February 16 at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here.

First Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 11:29
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