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Kejriwal says new L-G turned against AAP govt once MCD polls were announced

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that while his government had a smooth relationship with L-G Anil Baijal, their terms had soured since the onset of MCD polls over the last 20 days.

MCD Elections 2017 Updated: Apr 21, 2017 11:38 IST
Vishal Kant
Vishal Kant
Hindustan Times
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The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi had frequent run-ins with former lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung who had quit in December last year.(HT Photo)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that his government’s relationship with lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal declined since the announcement of MCD elections in the Capital. Speaking during an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, Kejriwal said that the AAP government’s interaction with the L-G office had improved after the appointment of Baijal, but the relationship had soured over the last 20 days.

“ Till the end of March, we had very pleasant interactions with the new L-G. He cleared several projects. Now all files go to the L-G — he is supreme, the elected government has almost become advisory.” He added that the last fortnight had seen a decline in terms again: “But since the announcement of elections, the Shunglu Committee report was leaked, our office was taken away, recovery of advertisements worth ₹97 crore was ordered.”

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi had frequent run-ins with former lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung who had quit in December last year. Jung’s exit and appointment of Baijal had sparked hopes that the Delhi’s government’s troubled relationship with the L-G office will improve. While there was considerable bonhomie between the two in the beginning, the relationship has again gone south over the past month.

“There was no provocation from our side. In fact, we had been praising him. But over the past fortnight, he has been firing one salvo after other,” Kejriwal said on Thursday.

After praising the Kejriwal government and showing signs of improved relationship with the CM, Baijal had returned government’s file on Rs 1 crore compensation for the family of an ex-soldier who had committed suicide during OROP protest. This was among the series of disagreements between the two offices, including returning of NSIT bill and slashing of DTC bus fares.

Asked who was better of the two L-Gs, Kejriwal said: “I don’t think we should comment on individuals. We had a very cordial relationship (with Baijal). I used to meet him at 5pm every Wednesday. Dialogues had increased, meetings were revived. But the development over the past 15-20 days raise doubts if his political masters are directing him to do all this.”

First Published: Apr 21, 2017 11:37 IST