New Delhi: The ongoing 'jung' between the Delhi Lieutenant Governor and the Chief Minister escalated on Friday with Najeeb Jung accusing Arvind Kejriwal of making “inappropriate” remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Writing a letter to Kejriwal, Jung said "inappropriate references” for the PM do not reflect well on the Delhi CM.
"I must say that the tone of your letter leaves me deeply disappointed. Such inappropriate references vis-a-vis the Prime Minister do not reflect well on the Chief Minister of a Union Territory," Jung wrote in the letter, as per news websites.
Invoking national honour and pride, the LG further wrote: "Your letter, being in public domain, leads to unsavoury and avoidable comments not just within the country, but also overseas. I speak with a concern about national honour and pride."
In his letter, Jung also sought to assure Kejriwal that he was not intending to run the government in Delhi.
“Lieutenant Governor is a delegate of the President and the Central government acts through the LG. It has never been my intent to negate the position of the Chief Minister,” Jung said in the letter.
The LG also rejected claims that he was against appointment of Swati Maliwal – Kejriwal government's choice - as chief of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).
“I have received the file pertaining to appointment of Swati Maliwal (as DCW chief). Would have no hesitation in confirming it; however, file hasn't been processed properly,” he wrote.
Jung also denied that he had ordered the locking-up of office of the DCW chairperson.
“It is completely untrue that the office of the chairperson of the DCW had been locked or files taken away,” stated the LG.
The LG's letter was in response to a letter written to him by CM Kejriwal yesterday.
In his letter, Kejriwal had asked "how can one person call himself the government".
The Delhi Chief Minister has been accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of interfering in the day-to-day functioning of the government in the national capital through the office of the LG.
The LG, however, has been denying that he has been acting at the behest of the Central government.