Days after a squabble broke out between the Sheila Dikshit government and the Union Home Ministry over transfer of senior bureaucrats, the chief minister said the issue would be resolved soon.
Transfer of bureaucrats from the Delhi administration rocked the budget session of the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday with the opposition demanding Home Minister P. Chidambaram's resignation.
Cutting across party lines, a number of MLAs, including leader of opposition VK Malhotra, censured the home ministry's "unilateral decision" to transfer DANICS
(Delhi, Andaman Nicobar Island Civil Services) officers out of Delhi and even demanded seeking the Prime Minister's intervention.
"The home minister has taken a unilateral decision in transferring a large number of officers in one go. We are ready to meet the Prime Minister, seeking revocation of the order," said Malhotra.
He added that even the chief minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, had objected to the unilateral posting of IPS officials in Goa.
"We are happy that the opposition is also with us over this issue. We are in constant touch with the Home Ministry and will find a solution soon," said Dikshit.
Speaker Yoganand Shastri asked Dikshit and Malhotra to sit together to find a solution.
The issue was raised in the Assembly by Congress MLA Anil Bhardwaj, who demanded the chief minister seek the PM's intervention.
Senior Delhi government officials said the government may release the 25 DANICS officers, who are going to be transferred, if the home ministry appoints an equal number of officials as replacement.