New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has told Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to ‘iron out his differences with the Lieutenant-Governor’s office’ at the earliest, highly-placed sources told The Hindu.
Mr. Singh gave this advice to Mr. Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minster Manish Sisodia at a meeting on Monday morning.
He encouraged the Delhi Government to knock on his door the next time a confrontation with the L-G was triggered over administrative issues “instead of dragging the President or litigation.”
This was Mr. Singh’s first interaction with the two men at the helm of the Capital’s highest political offices since the issue of transfers and postings of bureaucrats triggered row after row.
Sources in the MHA said while Mr. Singh assured the Centre’s cooperation to the two, he said the Capital was governed in accordance with the National Capital Territory (NCT) Act and the state government should bear that in mind.
“The Home Minister also advised Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Sisodia against dragging issues pertaining to interpretations of the transaction of business rules to court and that his ministry was ready to play the role of an arbitrator as and when these arose in the future,” said a source.
“He categorically told them that public confrontations pertaining to such issues would sooner or later be detrimental to their reputations,” the source added.
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