The Office of PM Like Queen of England and Jung the Viceroy : Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi, Manish Sisodia, Modi Gavernment, Delhi CM, Delhi chief mionister, Najeeb jung, Queen of England
New Delhi : The chief minister of Delhi and also the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Friday targeted the Modi Government, saying that, "The Prime Minister's Office acts like the Queen of England used to, with the Lieutenant Governor as Viceroy."

The Chief Minister also charged that Jung is just the face and the orders to him are coming from the PMO. “Pre-independence, Queen of England used to send notifications to the Viceroy here. Now, Jung Sahab is the Viceroy and PMO is London.”

Kejriwal's charges followed a notification issued today by the Home Ministry which backed the Lieutenant Governor on virtually every point of his dispute with the Chief Minister. The statement emphasised that matters like the Delhi Police and the postings of bureaucrats are the turf of the Lieutenant Governor, who acts as the representative of the Centre in the capital.

The notification also states that the Delhi government's anti-corruption branch cannot register or investigate complaints against employees and officers of the union government. "This is to protect corrupt officers,"Kejriwal said at a press conference.

Kejriwal and the Lieutenant Governor, whose working relationship has never been smooth, plummeted into their latest battle over an IAS officer described by the Chief Minister as a "lobbyist for power companies". She was picked by Mr Jung as Acting Chief Secretary or the senior-most bureaucrat in the Delhi government.

Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia alleged that the development showed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh were “kneeling down” before corruption and the “thriving transfer-posting industry” which the AAP government had stopped in the last three months.

“Earlier, a lot of money was changing hands for transfers but now that has ended under AAP government’s three-month rule. Once we did it, Congress and BJP people failed to get contracts in Delhi. Then they went to the PMO.

“Now, they have brought this notification as the BJP and Congress want to have their own officers in Delhi and get government contracts for their own people and that is why they want control over the transfer-posting industry through the LG. By bringing in the notification, the Centre has back-stabbed the people of Delhi,” the Chief Minister told reporters.

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