Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has triggered a controversy by saying he was open to the idea of scrapping the Delhi Assembly if such a proposal was brought before him, evoking a strong reaction from AAP which alleged Delhi was being used by the Centre as a “testing” ground for imposing Emergency in the country.
Jung, who openly attacked the AAP government after last week’s Delhi high court order ruling that the L-G was the city’s administrative head, also said an apology was due from Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “calling names”.
The AAP said Jung has “perennial hatred” for Arvind Kejriwal and that such political comments by a person occupying a constitutional post amounts to “undermining” the Constitution.
When asked during an interview whether he is open to the idea of doing away with the Delhi Assembly, Jung said, “As a thinking human being, as a citizen of Delhi, why would I be not open to giving thought to anything that involves Delhi.
“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.”
When asked about Kejriwal’s usage of strong words to attack Modi in the past, Jung told News-X TV channel that in a democracy one can criticise the Prime Minister’s policies “but you cannot call names”.
AAP leader Kumar Vishwas came down hard on Jung for his comments on the assembly and dared the Centre to bring in a legislation to dissolve it. AAP has an overwhelming majority in the assembly with 67 MLAs in the 70-member house.