'Let us work': Kejriwal's AAP govt targets PM Modi with new posters
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government in Delhi has waged a poster war against the Centre, requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to let the dispensation in the city-state work without any interference.
"The Delhi government is doing it right," reads a message in the posters addressed to the PM.
The posters come in the backdrop of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal sending a letter to LG Najeeb Jung, alleging that he has made the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) "completely dysfunctional" at the behest of the PM.
Kejriwal and Jung are locked in a fresh tussle over the appointment of new DCW chief Swati Maliwal by the AAP government. Jung has scrapped the appointment.
The two warring sides have a history of differences over the appointment and transfer of senior bureaucrats as well as the functioning of Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).
The conflict stems from Delhi’s unique position as the national capital, where several important departments such as police and law and order, in addition to key agencies such as the DDA, function under the LG, who reports to the Union home ministry.
Accusing the Centre of "attempting to weaken" the AAP government's fight against corruption, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said: "Delhi government's anti-corruption branch was working with full vigour but as it started getting success, a new chief was appointed illegally."
"Rumours were spread that the ACB was going to lodge an FIR against a Union minister," he said.
Recently, the Delhi government had posted audio clips on social media slamming Delhi Police, which function under the Centre, and PM Modi over the law and order condition after the murder of a 19-year-old girl in the city.
Radio and newspaper advertisements have also been issued by the Delhi government to present its case.
In the advertisements, Kejriwal appeals to PM Modi to take steps to improve Delhi's "deteriorating" law and order situation or hand over police to the city government.
Delhi Police chief BS Bassi, however, has objected to the advertisements where Kejriwal has questioned the functioning of the force, calling it "misleading".
(With PTI inputs)