New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday criticized Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his ‘inappropriate references’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“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. Your letter, being in public domain, leads to unsavoury and avoidable comments not just within the country, but also overseas,” wrote Jung in his letter to the AAP supremo.
Jung denied reports, which stated that the office of Swati Maliwal, the new chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), was locked and added that he has never intended on negating the position of Kejriwal.
‘The Lieutenant Governor is the delegate of the President and the President or the Central Government acts through the Lieutenant Governor in Delhi. By no stretch of imagination does this mean that the Government can function outside the domain defined in the Constitution, a document drafted by the best minds of our country. It has never been the intent of this office to negate the position of the Chief Minister,” he wrote.
“It is completely untrue that the office of the Chairperson of the DCW has been locked or files taken away. Along with your letter I have received the file pertaining to the appointment of Ms. Swati Maliwal. I am sure you have done due diligence in selecting Ms. Maliwal and the other Members, and I would have no hesitation in confirming the appointment based on your recommendation. However, I find that the file has not been processed properly…,” he added.
Jung further said that Kejriwal should not treat his party’s ‘massive mandate’ in Delhi as a ‘wasted opportunity’.
“I once again reiterate my oft-stated remark that my intent is to give you full cooperation to ensure the success of our Government and to enable you to fulfil the promises the Government has made to the people of Delhi. I remain committed to this end,” he said.
“Here I wish to state that at a later point of time, you and I should not look back at this moment when you have won such a massive mandate, and see it as a wasted opportunity in any way,” he added.
Jung’s accusation came after Kejriwal questioned his assertion that he is “the government” in Delhi, by calling it a “laughable” claim and alleged that Prime Minister Modi was making the Lieutenant Governor say such things. (ANI)