Babus are BJP’s B-Team: Kejriwal


New Delhi: In a fresh confrontation with the Central government, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday slammed PM Narendra Modi and said that the Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Services (DANICS) and Indian Administrative Service associations in Delhi have become full-fledged B-teams of the BJP.

“Delhi lieutenant governor (LG) personally attended Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Services association meeting on Wednesday through speakerphone. LG in turn was in touch with Nripendra Misra in PMO, Kejriwal tweeted.

Kejriwal was referring specifically to two DANICS officers  Subhash Chandra and Yashpal Garg who were suspended after they allegedly refused to sign Delhi government cabinet notes pertaining to a salary hike for public prosecutors and prison staff.

“People will be very happy if these officers go on long leave. Government is ready to give them paid leave. Governance will become honest, smooth and efficient,” Kejriwal said.

The Centre today termed the Delhi government’s decision to suspend the two DANICS-cadre officers as ‘non est’ (does not exist) and said the two officers should be considered deemed to be on duty. The home ministry is issuing a formal order terming null and void the suspension order of the two officers by the Kejriwal government.