Delhi LG Vs Arvind Kejriwal: Najeeb Jung stamps his authority over AAP govt

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New Delhi, May 4: It seems, hostilities between Aam Aadmi party chief Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung will not end soon. On Sunday it escalated a step further when LG directed AAP ministers to refer him all the files related with various issues.

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Jung said that the Ministers are bound to refer me all the files as rule under the Constitution, GNCTD Act and Transaction of Business Rules states so.

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The move came to fore after Chief Minister Kejriwal had instructed all departments not to route files through the Lieutenant Governor's office.

Referring to the Constitution, The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act, 1991 and Transaction of Business Rules, Jung said the role of the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers is to aid and advise him.

"The Lt. Governor has informed the Chief Minister, drawing his attention to the relevant provisions of the Constitution, the GNCTD Act 1991 and Transaction of Business Rules 1993, which underscore the relationship between the Lt. Governor's and the Chief Minister's office...

"...that the role of the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers is to aid and advise the Lt. Governor where the latter is entitled to act solely on his own discretion and all files relating to matters for which Legislative Assembly can make law should come to the Lt. Governor for final approval," a statement from the LG's office said.

It also said, "The Lt. Governor has instructed that the directions issued to the officers be withdrawn. He has made it incumbent on all officers to follow the Constitution, GNCTD Act 1991 and the Transaction of Business Rules 1993, in letter and in spirit."
As per news reports, the Chief Minister had asked all departments of the Delhi government not to "bother the office of the LG" by sending all files to him.

With respect to reserved subjects like public order, land and police, the files should be sent to LG through ministers concerned and through the Chief Minister's Office, Mr Kejriwal had directed.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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