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Arvind Kejriwal says LG Anil Baijal targets him every day

LiveMint logoLiveMint 22-04-2017 Bunty Tyagi

New Delhi: Lieutenant governor (LG) Anil Baijal “fires one bullet at me every day”, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said.

This is Kejriwal’s first direct attack against Baijal since he was appointed the LG of Delhi on December 31, 2016. Noting that his government tries to coordinate on various issues related to the development of the national capital, both with the LG as well as the centre, the Delhi chief minister said “the firing” has intensified just before the MCD polls.

“We have maintained a good relationship with him (Baijal). The new LG has worked for first three months (in coordination with us). “We did not utter a word against him before the MCD elections but despite that he fires one bullet at me every day and on this, we are not speaking against him. Tell me what is our fault?” Kejriwal said on Friday.

His remarks come in the wake of Baijal ordering recovery of Rs97 crore from the AAP, which was “splurged” on ads, and cancellation of office allotment to the party, which the Delhi chief minister termed as “politically motivated”.

Kejriwal and former LG Najeeb Jung had also been at loggerheads over the administrative control of Delhi. “We are trying to cooperate with everybody (the centre and the LG) so that there is development of Delhi, but the lieutenant governor fires one bullet at me every day,” Kejriwal said. He also termed the report of Shunglu Committee as “politically motivated”. The committee had pointed out “gross abuse of power” by the AAP government earlier this month.

Kejriwal also attacked the BJP, claiming that is an “undemocratic and unconstitutional” party whose only intention to “topple opposition parties’ governments, buy MLAs, break their parties, use the LG against them”. PTI

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