The power tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena continues with the CM telling the latter that he should not interfere in his work.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (File photo)
By Pankaj Jain: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his latest salvo to Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena said, “LG Sahab, the sun and the moon look good only when they do their own job, let the CM do his job, please look after your responsibility of law and order.”
Kejriwal wrote a letter to L-G Saxena and said, “Your job is to handle law and order, police and Delhi Development Authority (DDA), our work is to work on all other subjects of Delhi. If you leave your work and interfere in our work every day, then how will the system work?”
The Delhi Chief Minister said crime is increasing in the national capital and the chairperson of the Delhi Women’s Commission was “attacked” recently. “If the chairperson of the Women’s Commission is not safe, then I fear for the common women,”said Kejirwal.
He also alleged that the people of Delhi had not seen the L-G “doing any work on law and order, but only interfering in the day-to-day work of their elected government.” He added that this has created “a lot of anger among the people”.
Kejriwal also raised the issue of the L-G not meeting with him and said, “The CM, Deputy CM and all the ministers and MLAs were standing at your door, so it is obvious that they had brought a big problem related to the state. If you wanted, you could have come out and met us for five minutes, but you didn’t, because the people of the entire state felt humiliated.”
The AAP supremo said the delegation of ministers will visit the L-G’s residence again on Saturday at 1 pm.
In his letter to the LG, CM Arvind Kejriwal wrote, “I received your letter. You have written that a few days ago when all of us MLAs came to meet you, you could not meet because we came suddenly without informing you…You didn’t meet us, because of this, people of the whole state felt disrespected. The people of Delhi felt insulted that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi refused to meet the representatives of 2 crore people.”
He added, “In your letter, you have now invited all of us ministers and legislators to dinner for talks. Thank you very much for this. If it is convenient for you, we will come to your house on Saturday 21st January at 1 o’clock. If this time is not convenient for you, then tell us the time as per your convenience. We will come at the same time. You have criticised Delhi’s education system a lot in your letter. The people of Delhi have given us a historic majority for the third time. We are doing a good job in the eyes of the public. Still, everything said and done, I value your criticism.”
The CM further wrote, “No system is perfect. Tremendous improvements have taken place in the education system of Delhi as compared to earlier. But much remains to be done. There is still a long way to go. If the Central Government and all the L-Gs had not obstructed the work of the people of Delhi in the past years, we would have achieved much more by now. On one hand, the L-G stops payments of salaries, lab tests, rent and electricity bills of all Mohalla Clinic doctors in Delhi and then says that Mohalla Clinics are not doing well. On the one hand, the L-G orders the officers to stop all the funds of the Delhi Jal Board and then says that the people of Delhi are not getting water. Sir, this type of politics is not good. The Lieutenant Governor should avoid such politics.”
He added, “The Constitution has given you three responsibilities: Delhi’s law and order, Delhi Police and DDA. Today, Delhi’s law and order is the worst in the whole country. When the world calls Delhi the rape capital, every Delhiite hangs their head in shame. Crime is continuously increasing in Delhi. It has become difficult for any woman to get out of the house. Delhi Women’s Commission Chairperson Swati Maliwal has just been attacked. If the Chairperson of the Women’s Commission is not safe, then I fear what a common woman goes through.”
The CM said, “The people of Delhi have not seen you doing any work on law and order of Delhi till date. The people of Delhi have only seen you interfering in the day-to-day affairs of their elected government. There is a lot of anger among the people over why you put obstacles in the work of the people every day. If the people of Delhi wanted to send their teachers abroad for training, then why did you stop it? Because you stop people’s work every day, the people only say — who is the L-G? How can he stop our work? The constitution has given you the task of fixing the law-and-order situation in Delhi. Why don’t you do that? The constitution has given us the rest of the work, let us do our work. Even if you don’t like our work, you have no right to impede our work just like we don’t impede your work.”
He concluded, “Someday if the sun starts to feel that the moon is not working properly, today I will do the work of the moon, then the whole earth will see chaos. The sun does its own work, and the moon does its own work. Only then does the whole system run smoothly. Let the CM do his work, you fix the law and order of Delhi so that cases like Kanjhawala don’t happen again. Only then will Delhi’s system be fine.”
Further, Arvind Kejriwal also raised questions over a meeting called by the Delhi L-G of Delhi government officers without informing elected government ministers. Kejriwal said, “L-G sir, your job is to handle Delhi’s law and order, Delhi Police and DDA. Our job is to work on all other subjects of Delhi. You do your work, let us do ours. That’s how the system will work. If you leave your work and interfere in our work every day, then how will the system work? The law-and-order situation in Delhi is rapidly deteriorating. Instead of taking steps to improve it, the L-G is busy playing dirty politics. Today, many meetings of Delhi government officials have been called for a meeting by him, which he has no right over.”