The tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi LG Najeeb Jung over appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary took a turn for the worse, Monday, after the Delhi government targeted the bureaucrat who had issued orders for appointment of Gamlin.
Principal Secretary (Services) Anindo Majumdar was in for a shock when he reached his office today and found that it was out of bonds for him – on orders from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office.
Majumdar – on directions of LG Jung – had appointed Gamlin for 10 days after chief secretary KK Sharma went to the US on a personal visit.
The high drama came two days after the Delhi government transferred Majumdar. Sources said that Kejriwal was not happy with the way Gamlin was appointed as acting Chief Secretary by the Lt Governor and Majumdar “instantly” issued her posting orders.
However, the LG, who is at loggerheads with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over Gamlin’s appointment as acting Chief Secretary, overturned the decision saying that Majumdar’s removal does not have his approval and declared it as void.
A press release issued by Jung’s office said the order to remove Majumdar “does not have the approval of the Lt Governor, who is the competent authority to transfer officials of that rank. This order is ab-initio void.”
Delhi govt rejects LG orders regarding decisions about posting of officers against govt will. Delhi govt quotes point no 24 of TBR stating LG hs to consult cabinet in case he disagree to decision of Minister.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has hit out at Jung over his position on the issue. He tweeted:
Later, reports said that the Delhi government will reply to LG on not accepting his directives regarding cancellation of recent postings.
Rejecting the decisions about posting of officers against government’s will, the Delhi government quoted point no 24 of Transaction Business Rules (TBR) which states that LG has to consult cabinet in case he disagree to decision of Minister.
Yesterday, after days of face-off with Jung over Gamlin’s appointment, Kejriwal blinked and accepted the inevitable with a warning that he would keep a close tab on her.
“We opposed the appointment of chief secretary (Gamlin), but Modi’s government appointed her as chief secretary. We have been struggling for last four days, but Modi’s government wanted to make Delhi’s government fail,” Kejriwal said at meeting held in Delhi’s Burari called ‘Auto Samwad’.