Home / Politics / Policy /  Delhi CM vs L-G: How the Arvind Kejriwal-Najeeb Jung war started

New Delhi: The tussle between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung continues to grow over the recent bureaucratic appointments. Mint looks at the developments so far.

14 May

-- Chief secretary KK Sharma goes on leave to the US for a personal visit for 10 days.

15 May

-- Jung appoints Shakuntala Gamlin as the acting chief secretary of Delhi.

-- Kejriwal calls the appointment unconstitutional. The government says it has reservations regarding the appointment, as Gamlin had previously tried to trick his government into signing documents to give more money to power firms.

-- Gamlin writes to Najeeb Jung, saying she was feeling pressurized to withdraw from the race for the position.

16 May

-- Gamlin takes charge as acting chief secretary despite being asked by the chief minister not to join. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government accuses the Bharatiya Janata Party of attempting a coup, asks L-G to work within the Constitution.

-- Kejriwal seeks an appointment with the President, questions if the chief minister should not have a role in the appointment of the chief secretary.

17 May

--Delhi government accepts the appointment of acting chief secretary, says they will keep a close tab on her.

-- Opposition parties back the Delhi government in the row.

18 May

-- Kejriwal issues notice to bureaucrats, including the chief secretary, that all orders issued by the L-G should be shown to him or the minister-in-charge before any action is taken on them.

-- Delhi government removes principal secretary for services Anindo Majumdar, locks his office. He had notified the appointment of acting chief secretary Shakuntala Gamlin.

In her place, Delhi government appoints senior IAS officer Rajendra Kumar as principal secretary for services. Jung declared the order void.

19 May

-- Kejriwal and Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia meet President Pranab Mukherjee, say L-G bypassing them to run the Delhi government like it is under President’s rule.

-- L-G also meets Mukherjee to discuss the issue.

-- Delhi government appoints principal secretary for general administration, bypassing Jung.

20 May

-- Arvind Kejriwal writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the Centre’s nterference in the Delhi government’s functioning through the L-G.

-- Sisodia convenes a meeting with principal secretaries in the Delhi secretariat.

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