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Delhi LG cancels AAP govt’s orders; Centre washes hands of row

New Delhi, The war over transfer of bureaucrats in the national capital today escalated further with the Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung cancelling all orders by Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in last four days.
Najeeb Jung today wrote a letter to Delhi Chief Minister, saying that the power to appoint and transfer bureaucrats lies with the Lieutenant-governor.
LG’s letter read, “All orders issued by AAP govt in the last four days regarding transfer and posting of officials have been cancelled.”
In the letter to Kejriwal, LG also challenged Delhi CM’s order to direct senior bureaucrats to put up all files before him or ministers for decision and said that AAP government’s decisions in last 4 days were not valid as it didn’t have his approval.
Meanwhile, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that “Delhi LG and CM should sit together and find a solution to the ongoing standoff”.
Rajnath was talking to reporters after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee.
“We did not discuss Delhi standoff,” Rajnath said.

In his letter to Kejriwal, Jung said that the power to appoint and to transfer, from steno to IAS officers, is with the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor also challenged the AAP government’s order to bureaucrats not to follow his directives without getting approval from CM or any other minister.
The letter from the LG, comes hours after Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister asking him to allow the city government to function “independently” even as he accused the Centre of trying to run the Delhi administration.
Kejriwal mentioned the posting and transfers made by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and said the elected government must have a say about distribution of work to senior officials.
“In Delhi, Central government is trying to run government unconstitutionally through the Lt Governor. Let Delhi government function independently,” Kejriwal said in the letter to Modi.
The letter by Kejriwal to the Prime Minister came a day after both he and Jung took their bitter fight to President Pranab Mukherjee, accusing each other of violating the Constitution and overstepping their respective jurisdictions. (Source- www.newsroompost.com)