New Delhi: The turf war between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung is taking a toll of governance and administration. The ongoing battle saw two home secretaries -one appointed by the AAP government and the other on the LG’s orders -on the job in Delhi secretariat on Wednesday . Even at the Anti-Corruption Branch, LG’s appointee joint commissioner M K Meena and Delhi government ACB chief additional commissioner S S Yadav went about their duties.
In the midst of all, Kejriwal first met Jung on Wednesday to steer towards better coordination and then President Pranab Mukherjee to apprise him about the situationin Delhi. It is learnt that the issue of home secretary and ACB came up at the meeting between the CM and the LG. According to a senior government official, Kejriwal discussed the current status of the capital and its issues with the President. However, the government spokesperson denied that the issue of rift with Jung being taken up during the meeting.
Senior IAS officer Dha rampal was removed as home secretary on Tuesday by the AAP government for notifying the appointment of Meena to ACB on the LG’s order without informing the CM office. On Wednesday , he was seen discharging his duties saying the LG has already rejected the transfer order. “In pursuance of the order of the LG, I am continuing as the home secretary ,” Dharampal told a news agency .
Senior bureaucrat and principal secretary to CM, Rajendra Kumar, who was given additional charge of home department by the AAP government, also continued to sign files and hold meetings with officials. “For Delhi government, Kumar is the home secretary and all files are being sent to him,” said a senior official in Kejriwal’s office.
The LG had on Monday appointed Meena to ACB superseding Kejriwal’s handpicked chief S S Yadav leading to a sharp reaction from the state government.
Earlier, an additional commissioner-level officer used to head ACB, but the LG elevated the rank of the probe agency’s head to joint commissioner. The state government also issued an order withdrawing Meena, but this order was also rejected by the LG.
The Aam Aadmi Party government and the LG have been locked in a bitter confrontation over appointments of senior officials and functioning of ACB. Last month, both Kejriwal and Jung had met the President and apprised him of their respective stands in connection with the controversy over appointment of the acting chief secretary of Delhi.
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