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Delhi chief secy row: Arvind Kejriwal to keep tab on Gamlin’s work for ten days

ArvindAddressing auto-rickshaw drivers at a public meeting in Burari, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday lambasted at both BJP and Congress for causing unnecessary obstructions in the functioning of his government.

Stressing on the need to build a strong transport infrastructure in the capital, Kejriwal urged auto drivers to honestly serve the people while leaving the responsibility of their children to Delhi government.

Kejriwal, however, did not leave the opportunity to launch a scathing attack at Opposition over recent Delhi chief secretary controversy.

“We are in favour of ease of doing business for common people and Congress and BJP are in favour of ease of doing business for top industrialists. After facing defeat in Delhi Assembly elections, both the parties are trying to create trouble for our government at every step,” said Kejriwal.

He further added, “There’s a power department under Delhi govt and there’s a secretary working there who came to our power minister seeking his sign on some papers. When asked what those papers were, she said Delhi power companies are taking a loan of Rs. 11000 crore and this is a comfort letter. When our power minister looked into it, he found out those papers were not comfort letter but guarantee.”

Later, talking to reporters, Kejriwal said that he will notice the work of the secretary for another 10 days and will then decide the next step of his government.

Earlier in the day, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that he condemns the unfortunate act of intimidation and pressure, and act of character assassination adopted by Kejriwal and his government.

“People of northeast are hurt by the unnecessary act of character assassination of Gamlin,” Rijiju told reporters here.

Gamlin, who hails from the northeast region, was a good officer, Rijiju added.

Gamlin on Saturday took charge as acting chief secretary despite being asked by the chief minister not to do so.

She was given the additional charge by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung since the incumbent Chief Secretary K.K. Sharma is in the US for personal work.

The Aam Aadmi Party government accused Gamlin, a 1984-batch IAS officer, of “aggressively lobbying” within the government to promote interests of some power companies.

It also accused Jung of bypassing the elected government while making the appointment.

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