'Will completely strangulate Delhi govt': Kejriwal on L-G sacking 400 hired 'specialists'

AAP begins a week-long protest against Centre's ordinance

Kejriwal/LG rift Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal | PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that the Lieutenant Governor's move of terminating 400 private people would “completely strangulate” the government.

A day after L-G's decision, AAP had retorted that they would challenge the “unconstitutional” decision.

"This will completely strangulate Delhi govt and its services. I don't know what does Hon'ble LG achieve by doing all this? I hope Hon'ble SC immediately quashes it," Kejriwal said in a tweet on Thursday.

Kejriwal in his latest tweet said that he was hoping for the SC to quash the order.

The statement from the L-G's office on Monday stated that the 400 private persons were engaged in a “non-transparent manner” and without the mandatory approvals of the competent authority.

While the AAP in a statement refuted the claims made by the L-G's office.

After the termination order was issues, the Services department wrote to different departments and agencies on Wednesday to stop engagement of persons as fellows and advisors without the approval of the L-G V.K. Saxena.

"... All the departments/organizations/boards, etc. under Govt. of NCT of Delhi are therefore directed... All the departments shall immediately stop engagements of all the Fellows/Associate, Fellows/Advisors/Dy. Advisors/Specialists/Senior Research Officers/Consultants, by whatever name, wherein approval of the Hon'ble Lt Governor, Delhi has not been obtained till date," said the Services department order.

It also asked the Finance Department not to release salaries henceforth for those engaged without the LG's approval.

The L-G's office also claimed that the administrative departments could not verify the veracity of work experience certificates submitted them.

"The LG is hell-bent on completely destroying Delhi. He chose to punish these 400 talented young professionals only because they chose to associate with the Delhi government. No principles of natural justice were followed when the LG took this decision," said the statement.

AAP's protest against Centre's Delhi ordinance

Meanwhile, against the Centre's Delhi ordinance, AAP is set to launch a week-long protest.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the AAP said effigies and copies of the ordinance will be burnt from July 6 to July 13 at various streets.

The Centre on May 19 came out with an ordinance to create an authority for the transfer and posting of Group-A officers in Delhi, after the SC's verdict of giving control of services to the Delhi government.

Kejriwal had been seeking the support of the opposition parties against the Centre's bill.

Meanwhile, the SC on Thursday agreed to hear the plea filed by the Delhi government challenging the Centre's ordinance on July 10. 

(With PTI inputs) 

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