Arvind Kejriwal’s Party Must Surrender Its Office, Says Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal
In a major set back to Aam Aadmi Party government here, the Shunglu Committee formed by former Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to look into decisions taken by the government, has questioned several appointments made, including the appointment of Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s daughter Soumya Jain in Mohalla Clinic project and pointed out “gross misuse of power”. “Is it not true that the Chief Minister and his colleagues did their best to demean, demoralise and weaken the position of bureaucracy, compromise the supremacy of the L-G, who is the administrator appointed by the President?” he said. “But it was a big dream – and my dream lies shattered”, Hazare said in an anguished note.
Taking another dig at Kejriwal over his fee debacle with his lawyer Ram Jethmalani who has offered to take the case pro bono if the former can not afford him, the BJP leader highlighted that the Chief Minister should have managed to procure the amount in his personal capacity and not use the exchequer’s money.
“I do not understand what kind of discrimination is being done to AAP”.
He was pained to read about the allegations against the Delhi chief minister in the report, the 79-year-old said in a statement from his village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
He observed that Kejriwal was well aware that the nation was guided by the Constitution, but the manner in which Constitutional niceties have been subverted in Delhi, “I can never endorse and I condemn those who speak of undermining the nation and society”. He also called for an investigation into the matter.
“I used to tell this to Arvind and whenever he came here (Ralegan-Siddhi), he saw me practising it”. I don’t even have 97 rupees… “Something similar seems to have happened with Kejriwal”, Hazare said.
Unfortunately for him, a well documented Shunglu committee report along with annexure, which came to conclusions after examining 404 files and discussions with key officials including chief secretary and principal secretaries of departments concerned, has exposed Kejriwal’s hypocritical probity stance in public life.
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“Since land is a “reserved” subject, this decision should be deemed null and void”, the report said, referring to land in Delhi not falling under the city government’s purview.
Anil Baijal reportedly cancelled the land allotted to party after Shunglu committee’s report said that AAP supremo Kejriwal and his government have cleared policies and implemented decisions without following the process required for a Union Territory like the capital.