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Kejriwal asks Delhi chief secy to explain absence at Shastri anniversary event

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s media adviser Nagendar Sharma tweeted on Monday that Delhi chief secretary MM Kutty had been summoned by the CM for his absence from former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri’s birth anniversary celebrations at Vijay Ghat.

delhi Updated: Oct 02, 2017 21:38 IST
Ashish Mishra
Ashish Mishra
Hindustan Times
Delhi news,Delhi government,AAP govt
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia attended the event where President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were also present. (PTI FILE)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday asked the chief secretary MM Kutty to explain why he was not present at the birth anniversary celebrations of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat in the national capital.

The event was attended by the President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia.

“Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal summons Chief Secretary for being absent from Vijay Ghat programme attended by Hon’ble President and Prime Minister,” media adviser to the chief minister, Nagendar Sharma, tweeted.

A senior government official said that Kejriwal was not happy over Kutty’s absence at such a national-level event, which was organised by the Delhi government’s art, culture and language department.

Other than Kutty, several bureaucrats also remained absent from the programme, the official claimed.

This is not the first time that the Aam Aadmi Party government has locked horns with its bureaucrats.Last month, the AAP had accused PWD secretary of corruption saying he was favouring private companies and affecting development works.

Kutty remained unavailable for remarks on Monday’s development and several calls and message to him by Hindustan Times went unanswered.

First Published: Oct 02, 2017 14:52 IST