Rajnath to meet Prez over Delhi tussle


New Delhi: Amid the turf war in Delhi between Lt Governeo Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, over posting and transfer of bureaucrats, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday, to discuss the issue.

The meet is coming a day after both Kejriwal and Jung separately met the President and deciphered their side of the story. Jung had yesterday called on Rajnath Singh as well after his meeting with the President.

Kejriwal has accused Jung of interfering in the working of his elected government and even threatening officials.
Emerging after meeting Mukherjee along with Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: “We had a good meeting with the President. We told him that the LG is trying to run Delhi the way he did during President’s Rule.”

“We told him that the LG is issuing direction to officers bypassing the Chief Minister and threatening them. If this goes on, where will democracy be?”

Sisodia and Kejriwal informed the President that despite their objections, Jung insisted on appointing Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary. “We later approved (her name) … but now (Jung) is interfering in the appointment of secretaries too.”