New Delhi, Jan 8: In what could trigger a fresh round of CM vs LG duel in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal on Monday slammed Anil Baijal for deaths due to cold in the national capital. The Delhi CM took to twitter to claim that the AAP Government was not consulted before the appointment of CEO of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), which looks after night-shelters for the homeless in the city.Also Read - School Reopening News: Delhi Govt to Decide on Reopening Schools Soon, CM Arvind Kejriwal Makes BIG Statement
“Media reporting 44 deaths of homeless due to cold. Am issuing show cause notice to CEO, DUSIB. Negligible deaths last year. This year, LG appointed a useless officer. LG refuses to consult us before appointing officers. How do we run govt like this?” Kejriwal said. Also Read - Delhi Lockdown News 2021: This Market to Remain Shut Till July 27 For Flouting COVID Norms. Read Details
Kejriwal’ tweet was retweeted by Greater Kailash MLA and AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj who claimed that the Assembly Committee had goven adverse remarks in the officer’s service record but despite the fact his appointment was approved by the LG. Also Read - Third Wave of Corona: Delhi Could See 40,000 COVID Cases Daily, Claims BJP Leader; Asks AAP Govt to Begin Preparations
“He is same officer for whom Assembly Committee recommended adverse remarks in his Service record. Chief Secretary Kutty went to HC to defend this officer against Committee. Hon’ble LG will never act against such officers,” Bharadwaj said. (Also Read: Who Should Have Final Say — LG or Elected Govt? Asks Kejriwal)
Kejriwal’s outburst against the LG came after reports in the media claimed that at least 44 homeless people have died in the last few days due to cold in the national capital.
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The Kerjriwal government has had several run-ins with the LG office in the past over various issues. Delhi CM Kejriwal’s tussle with Baijal’s predecessor Najeeb Jung made headlines almost everyday.
Kejriwal had even labelled Jung as “BJP’s agent” on several occasions. Jung became the Lt Governor on 9 July, 2013 when a Congress-led UPA was in power. After coming to power, the BJP-led NDA government replaced most governors but retained Jung.