Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday described lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung as “a good man with bad political bosses”, a rare defense of the Centre’s representative with whom he was locked in an intense power struggle recently.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has all along targeted Jung for allegedly meddling in the affairs of the state at the behest of the BJP-led dispensation at the Centre.
“Congress n BJP both demanding Sh Najeeb Jung’s removal? Strange. Is he at fault? No. He is doin what PMO is asking him to do (sic),” Kejriwal said in a tweet, a day after a BJP MP demanded the ouster of Jung, describing him as a “super king”.
The Delhi chief minister said in another tweet that removing Jung will not change anything as “his successor wud also do same if PMO kept interfering” and added that the “real solution is PMO shud stop interfering in Delhi (sic)”.
“Sh Najeeb Jung is a good man with bad political bosses,” Kejriwal said in his third tweet in defense of the lieutenant governor.
On Friday BJP MP Udit Raj had accused lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung of being a “super king” and demanded his ouster.
The demand was a fall-out of an alleged assault of a district magistrate by the MP’s supporters a day earlier.
In May, Jung and Kejriwal was involved in a full-blown power-struggle after the lt governor appointed senior IAS officer Shakuntala Doley-Gamlin as the acting chief secretary despite the chief minister’s objections.
The AAP government had denounced Gamlin’s appointment as a move by the Centre to rule Delhi through proxy.
The national capital follows a complex governance pattern with key departments such as law and order under the L-G, who reports to the Union home ministry.
The power-struggle intensified after the AAP government appointed police officials from Bihar in Delhi’s anti-corruption bureau (ACB), a move which drew a terse rebuke from Jung who made it clear that the ACB “functions under the authority, control and supervision of the Lt Governor”.