Kejriwal, Jung take their fight to President

May 20, 2015 04:14 am | Updated November 16, 2021 05:04 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

With the full-blown war between the two top functionaries of the capital showing no signs of abating, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung separately met President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday while accusing each other of breaking the fine balance of jurisdictions in the Constitutional scheme for governance.

A senior government official told The Hindu that the most significant requests made by the Chief Minister to President Pranab Mukherjee was to initiate an exercise aimed at streamlining the existing procedure of transfers and postings of bureaucrats so that a similar impasse did not arise in future.

“The Chief Minister requested the President that there be clear demarcation in relation to the transfers and postings of bureaucrats as an elected government was well within its constitutional rights to seek whatever the nature of service that it required,” a source told The Hindu .

Mr. Jung reportedly apprised Mr. Mukherjee of the stand-off, while maintaining that he had the power to appoint and transfer officers.

AAP govt. appoints Principal Secretary

Adding to the ongoing tussle with Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung, the Aam Aadmi Party government appointed Arvind Ray Principal Secretary, General Administration Department, without the approval of Mr. Jung on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who accompanied Mr. Kejriwal in his meeting with the President, told presspersons outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan that that they told the President that the Lieutenant-Governor was still appointing officers bypassing the ruling dispensation. “L-G is functioning as if there is President’s Rule [in Delhi] and there is no elected government here,” Mr. Sisodia said.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.