MEETING Between Delhi CM Kejriwal & L-G Baijal Seems To Be A Failure

DELHI’s maverick Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal does not seem to be happy over the outcome of his meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday. He along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had met the L-G after the five- judge Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court of India chaired by CJI Dipak  Misra has asked LG not to play  the role  of an obstructionist .He should be guided by the advice of the Delhi Council of Ministers  headed  by the Chief Minister. The Bench also has ruled that L-G’s nod is not necessary for all decisions taken by the Delhi Government. However, the meeting failed to resolve the already stressed ties between the ruling AAP and Anil Baijal. It was strained further after Kejriwal and Sisodia met him seeking his cooperation in Delhi’s development and good governance. The meeting was held in the light of a fresh impasse with the bureaucrats over the control of services department. Secretary Services has refused to comply with the orders of the deputy chief minister about the new transfer policy approved by the chief minister. The bureaucrats contended that the apex court has not cancelled the Centre’s order that brought services under the control of the L-G. Citing the court order, which stated the L-G has control only over land, police and public order, the Chief  Minister has warned that anyone violating it will stand in contempt of court.CM has tweeted “Met Hon’ble CM @ArvindKejriwal & Hon’ble Dy. CM @msisodia. Assured them of my continued support & cooperation in the interest of good governance & overall development of Delhi as per the letter and spirit of Constitution”, Baijal tweeted after the meeting. An official said L-G agreed to the meeting after the CM wrote a letter to him seeking his support. Kejrwal had contended that the Supreme Court had ruled that the elected government did not need his ‘concurrence’.  In a terse letter to Baijal, Kejrwal had suggested they sit face to face the meeting to resolve their differences over the implications of the Supreme Court verdict. In the meeting, the L-G curtly reminded him that services of officials including posting and transfer still remain his domain.

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