Centre sitting on ministers’ appointments, paralysing state govt: Sisodia
The deputy CM said the government had sent the file to induct two MLAs - Rajender Pal Gautam and Kailash Gehlot - in the Delhi Cabinet on May 6.delhi Updated: May 17, 2017 00:16 IST
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has accused the Centre of ‘paralysing’ the state government by allegedly holding back files related to the appointment of two new ministers in the Arvind Kejriwal cabinet.
Speaking to reporters at the Delhi secretariat on Tuesday, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the central government was ‘violating’ constitutional norms by sitting on the file for the past 10 days.
“I want to know why the Centre is trying to paralyse the Delhi government by violating the Constitution. Why are they doing this? What is the Constitutional point the Centre has been considering for the last 10 days?” he said.
The deputy CM said the government had sent the file to induct two MLAs - Rajender Pal Gautam and Kailash Gehlot - in the Delhi Cabinet on May 6.
According to sources in the union home ministry, the file is under process and “is likely to be cleared by Wednesday”.
Gautam will fill the vacancy created due to the ouster of Sandeep Kumar last year and Gehlot will replace Kapil Mishra, who was recently sacked by Kejriwal from his Cabinet.
Sandeep Kumar was in charge of social welfare and women and child welfare department. Mishra was minister for water, tourism, art and culture.
Kumar was sacked on September 1, 2016 after an objectionable video emerged last August. Sisodia has been taking care of his portfolios ever since.
The deputy CM said as Delhi was presently facing a water crisis, the water minister should be appointed at the earliest.
Earlier in the day, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the Centre of “stalling” the Delhi government’s activities.
“The Centre is sitting on the files for the last 10 days. Many Delhi government activities are stalled due to this. Your enmity is against us, don’t take revenge on the people of Delhi,” Kejriwal said.
Leader of opposition Vijender Gupta asked how work was not affected for the past many months when the government had not decided on a replacement for Kumar but now it is getting worried in just 10 days.