New Delhi | Amid a flaring conflict between Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government in the National Capital, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today dubbed AAP as a costly experiment for the capital.
Asserting that people wanted governance not controversies, Mr Jaitley told a news channel that AAP leaders should realize their responsibility.
Mr Jaitley’s comments come in the wake of the ongoing confrontation between Mr Kejriwal and Mr Jung over the power of the Centre and the State Government over appointment of an Acting Chief Secretary being taken to the court of the President Pranab Mukherjee.
Reacting sharply to Mr Jaitley’s comment, AAP leader Ashutosh said the whole nation was paying price for his elevation as Finance Minister by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr Jaitley had no credentials to teach them governance as he had never won an election having been defeated in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in Amritsar.
Apparently cut up over the developments and the Union Government’s role in the controversy, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar lent his support to Mr Kejriwal and wondered whether it was fair to put obstacles in the running of government duly elected by the people. The Chief Minister was being kept preoccupied in small things, he added.
In a significant development, the Chief Minister today got unexpected support from Swaraj Abhiyan, a group formed by ousted AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.
Swaraj Abhiyan came out in support of the government in its conflict with Mr Jung over the appointment, saying the choice of a democratically-elected government should be respected. It, however, condemned dragging of bureaucracy into the fight.
In principle, Swaraj Abhiyan believes that the choice of a democratically elected government should be respected by Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor. However, we feel that the politics of personal allegations, brinkmanship and dragging of the bureaucracy into petty political fights is unfortunate,” the rebel group said in a statement.
The government had locked horns with the Office of the Lt Governor over the appointment of Shakuntala D Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary, which was opposed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
”Swaraj Abhiyan hopes that both the sides show maturity, rise above ego-clash and petty political fights in order to break the deadlock so that the people of Delhi do not have to suffer,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, people from the North East community held a demonstration at the gates of Delhi Secretariat protesting against the controversy involving Ms Gamlin, an IAS officer who belongs to Arunachal Pradesh.
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