New Delhi, Jun 9: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought time to meet Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for Monday afternoon to discuss some important matters. The CM has accused ‘L-G’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and PM’s Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) of witch-hunting. Earlier, Kejriwal had pleaded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, L-G Anil Baijal and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of stop victimising and randomly picking files from Delhi Jal Board (DJB) because he is the Minister In-charge now. (Ajay Maken Rubbishes Reports of Congress-AAP Alliance, Says Only Secular Forces Are Welcome) Also Read - 'Mann Ki Baat' Today: PM Modi's First Radio Address After India Entered Into Lockdown Mode to Fight COVID-19
In a tweet on Saturday afternoon, Kejriwal said, “I will put out in public domain list of all files sought by PM’s CBI n LG’s ACB. PM n LG shud explain reasons for seeking those files. Else they shud apologise to Delhiites for this witch hunting exercise,” Soon after, he posted another tweet, seeking time from L-G to meet. “Sought time to meet Hon’ble LG for Mon afternoon to discuss some imp matters,” he posted. Also Read - COVID-19: 194 New Cases Emerge in Single Day, Death Toll Reaches 23; Is India Ready For Stage 3?
During wee hours on June 9, the Delhi CM took to the micro-blogging site and accused PM Modi and L-G Anil Baijal of witch hunting. He also claimed that the CBI and ACB are randomly picking files from Delhi Jal Board (DJB) in a bid to victimise him because he is the Minister In-charge now. “CBI n ACB started randomly picking files from DJB. No specific enquiry. Becoz now I am Min-in-charge, their effort is somehow frame me in something PM, LG n BJP – If u hv specific info, pl investigate. But don’t victimize Delhi’s people by paralyzing all depts of Del govt,” he posted.
Earlier on Friday, BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said that the AAP’s demand for full statehood to Delhi should be looked into but Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s “attitude” to confront the Centre and the LG has held the process hostage. He alleged that the ruling party was raising the full statehood issue now to divert public attention away from “alarming water crisis” in the city and reports of it approaching the Congress for a political alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha election next year.
“The full statehood issue should be reviewed but the attitude of Arvind Kejriwal and the way he confronts the office of LG and the Centre has held the process hostage,” Tiwari told reporters.
Delhi government ministers and Lt Governor Anil Baijal have been at loggerheads over several administrative issues.