The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday said lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has “perennial hatred” for Arvind Kejriwal and comments related to the dissolution of the Delhi assembly by a person holding a constitutional post amount to “undermining” the Constitution.
Addressing a press conference at the party office, the AAP leader said the L-G should “proceed on a 10-day Vipassana course to weed out the hatred from his mind”. Vishvas was reacting to the L-G’s remarks to a news channel in connection with the dissolution of Delhi assembly.
“As a thinking human being, as a citizen of Delhi, why would I not be open to giving a thought to anything that involves Delhi,” Jung said when asked whether he was open to the idea of doing away with the Delhi assembly, during an interview with NewsX.
“Of course, I am not unwilling to think of anything. We are all human beings and all kinds of thoughts come to us. So, if somebody were to ask me in writing that will you give an opinion, then of course, I would think about it. I am not a robot that I don’t think.” he added.
The L-G office, however, clarified that the transcript should be looked at carefully in the context in which it was discussed. “It simply implied that if the L-G’s opinion is asked by any authority on the subject, he would have to apply himself and think about it,” an official said.
The interview triggered a strong reaction from AAP. While party leader Kumar Vishvas alleged that Delhi was being used by the Centre as a “testing” ground for possibly imposing Emergency in the country, home minister Satyendra Jain said Jung was acting like a viceroy.
“His opinion is a reflection of the Centre’s thinking. Abolition of legislative assembly of any state does not depend on his recommendations and is decided by Parliament. If the Centre wants to do it, then we challenge the government that it pass such a legislation in Parliament,” said Vishwas, adding that people will reply to such a move in the upcoming elections in Punjab, Goa and Gujarat.
Earlier Delhi Jain said that Jung doesn’t have “faith” in democracy.
“L-G sahab doesn’t have faith in democracy. He has never contested an election and (is) holding the top position without peoples’ mandate. British viceroys used to say that India doesn’t need independence. (Winston) Churchill said that India cannot be given independence as the people cannot govern themselves. He (Jung) is using the language of former viceroys and Churchill,” he said.