New Delhi, Nov 27: In a rare shower of praise, Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung described Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as a gentleman and said he agrees with Aam Aadmi Party government in 99 per cent of cases. Speaking at the ‘Times Litfest’, Najeeb Jung said he shared a “personal rapport” with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and that the latter “has always been good and a gentleman.” “We never had any altercation,” Najeeb Jung said. Also Read - Delhi: Final Phase Trial of Contactless Ticketing System to Begin in 3,000 Cluster Buses Through 'Chartr' From Monday | All You Need to Know
LG Najeeb Jung also insisted that he doesn’t come in the way of the AAP government’s decisions. Jung said he agrees with Arvind Kejriwal led government in 99 per cent of cases. “I defer to the elected government in 99 per cent of the cases that come to me. Only in 1 per cent of the cases we might disagree,” said Najeeb Jung, who shares an embittered relationship with the AAP government. Also Read - Arvind Kejriwal Blames BJP For Red Fort Violence, Says Farmers Can Be Anything But Anti-Nationals
Najeeb Jung blames AAP government’s reading of the Constitution in terms of Delhi’s status for the conflicts with the Centre. “The conflict will arise only when if you have a different understanding of the Constitution…I cannot interpret even a comma of the papers under the Constitution in front of me,” Jung said. “Their (AAP) understanding of the Constitution was different from that of the court,” he said alluding to the August 4 verdict of the Delhi High Court that stamped the LG’s primacy as the city’s administrative head. Also Read - Delhi Woman Carrying Baby Stabbed to Death While Resisting Snatching, Video Caught on CCTV
Jung said the Constitution is clear in terms of Article 239 AA, which determines Delhi’s status and charts out its administrative hierarchy. He said the Centre has a major say in critical policy initiatives of Delhi pertaining to law and order, police, land and services, and that there are “caveats” on dealing with issues that fall outside the purview of these areas. The Lieutenant Governor said that he was not bound by the advice of an elected government and takes decisions depending on the overall situation in the country.
“…Whatever the Delhi government approves should be examined by the Union to see if it falls in the broad policy of the Government of India. “For that it comes to the LG and therefore the clear distinction here is that he needs an advice of the Council of Ministers in Delhi. He is not bound by that and will take decisions depending on the overall situation in the country,” Jung stated.