Controversial Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti alleged that Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung threatened to file an FIR against him during a Delhi Development Authority (DDA) board meeting on Thursday.
The new allegation is latest in the power tussle between the L-G Jung and the AAP government.
Bharti, who is a nominated member of the DDA board, claimed that he was raising the issue of transfer of a piece of land — set aside for the construction of a school — that was given to BJP to construct its office, when he was threatened.
“During the confirmation of the minutes of the meeting, I raised the issue of the change of land use, but the other members, which included three BJP members, did not allow discussion on the topic saying that the topic was closed for discussion. I told them that there should be proper discussion, since I have a problem with the change of land use and I would not stop till my request was granted. This is when the L-G threatened to file an FIR against me,” Bharti said.
DDA officials, however, said that Bharti did not follow the decorum and that’s why he was asked to calm down and not politicize the issue.
“He did not want to maintain decorum and politicised the matter. We were confirming the minutes of the past meeting, where he was not present, and discussion on a closed topic can’t begin once more. We tried to explain this to him, but he did not listen,” said a senior DDA official on condition of anonymity.
The BJP Delhi Pradesh President Satish Upadhyay, meanwhile, said that the letter written by the Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia, to the L-G raising questions about the allotment of land to Delhi BJP was an attempt to create a new controversy by the Kejriwal government.
“How much the Kejriwal government is concerned about the education of children is obvious from the fact that the Delhi Government has 40 school plots allotted by the DDA, but it has not started construction even on a single plot,” a statement issued by the Delhi BJP said.
The L-G’s office rubbished the allegations.