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Shakuntala Gamlin appointment row: BJP using Najeeb Jung to topple AAP Govt, alleges Sisodia


New Delhi, May 16: The ongoing tussle between AAP government and Delhi Lt Governor took yet another political turn on Saturday as the ruling party in the national capital accused the BJP government at Centre of using Najeeb Jung to topple their government.

Talking to media persons on the recent controversy of appointment of Delhi Chief Secretary, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia alleged that the BJP is using LG to topple the AAP government in Delhi.

BJP trying to topple AAP Govt: Sisodia

"Kal BJP ne LG sahab ke zariye Delhi ki chunni hui sarkar ka takhtapalat karne ki koshish ki hai," Sisodia was quoted as saying.

He further added that Jung has no right to directly talk to any bureaucrat of the Delhi Government.

Earlier in the day senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin took charge as acting Chief Secretary of the city despite Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked her not to do so. Gamlin was on Friday appointed to the post by Delhi's Lt Governor, Jung.

Open war between Jung and Arvind Kejriwal

A senior Delhi government official said that in his letter to Gamlin, Kejriwal has said that her appointment is against the set rule. In view of this, she should not take charge as acting Chief Secretary of Delhi.

The move came a day after Lt Governor Najeeb Jung gave the additional charge of Chief Secretary to Gamlin, a 1984-batch IAS officer, hours after she wrote a scathing letter to Jung claiming that she was pressurised by a senior bureaucrat in CM's office not to be in race for the post due to her alleged proximity to BSES discoms.

Slamming the LG's move, the AAP government had yesterday said the LG cannot bypass the elected government and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and that he acted against "the Constitution, GNCT of Delhi Act and the Transaction of Business Rules."

Jung had promptly rebutted the AAP government's allegations saying under Article 239 AA of the Constitution of India, the the Lt Governor is the representative of State Authority in Delhi.

Chief Secretary KK Sharma has left for the US on a personal visit due to which the government had to appoint an acting Chief Secretary. Gamlin was earlier serving as Power Secretary.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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