LG Jung takes row with Delhi CM Kejriwal to President

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Tuesday afternoon met President Pranab Mukherjee over his ongoing tussle with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over postings and transfers of bureaucrats.

LG Jung takes row with Delhi CM Kejriwal to President
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New Delhi: Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Tuesday afternoon met President Pranab Mukherjee over his ongoing tussle with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over postings and transfers of bureaucrats.

Sources said Jung briefed the President about issues relating to posting and transfer of officials in Delhi government.

They said Jung was also taking legal opinion about issues relating to authority over bureaucrats in Delhi Government.

Jung later also called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh and informed him about the stand-off on appointment of bureaucrats.

The LG's meeting with the President and the Home Minister came hours before Kejriwal calls on Pranab Mukherjee at 6 pm to discuss the same issue.

The meetings with the President come a day after the turf war between the two intensified.

Kejriwal, chief of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has also decided to write a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apprise him of the ongoing tussle.

Further, the Delhi government has issued a circular advising bureaucrats in the national capital not to take direct orders from the LG.

Also today, the Delhi government made a new bureaucratic appointment, posting Arvind Ray as Principal Secretary of GAD (General Administration Department). Ray replaces Rajendra Kumar who has been appointed principal secretary (services).

On Monday, Jung in a letter rejected the handing over of additional charge of principal secretary (services) to Rajendra Kumar, currently secretary to the CM.

The AAP government, however, said it would not pay heed to it and would seek PM's intervention.

"We received your letter today (Monday). What you have written is against the Constitution and that's why we cannot pay heed to it. In this matter, our chief minister (Kejriwal) will write to the prime minister," a government source quoted to IANS from the letter written to Jung.

Jung's letter came after the AAP government removed Anindo Majumdar from the post of principal secretary (services) earlier in the day.

Majumdar was removed for issuing the order of posting of Shakuntala Gamlin as the interim chief secretary.

It was the appointment of Gamlin as the chief secretary in-charge on May 15 by Jung which triggered the feud. The chief minister opposed Gamlin's appointment accusing her of lobbying for power distribution companies.

Meanwhile, Majumdar's office on the seventh floor of the Delhi Secretariat was found locked on Monday.

When asked, a Delhi government official said: "It is natural... when you have been removed from the post, your office will be locked too."

Rajendra Kumar has been given charge of the principal secretary (services) of the Delhi government, an official said.

Reacting to Rajendra Kumar's appointment, Jung shot off a letter to Kejriwal, declaring the appointment "void".

In his letter to the chief minister, Jung said he rejected Rajendra Kumar's appointment as it did not have his approval.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia confirmed that he had received the letter.

"Letter received from Hon. LG at 14.35," Sisodia tweeted.

An official of the Delhi government said a "due reply to the letter is being formed and will be sent to the Lt Governor".

Kejriwal had on Sunday attacked the Modi government over Gamlin's appointment as acting chief secretary of Delhi, saying it was meant to trip his government.

(With IANS inputs)

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