Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal asking him if it was appropriate that files marked by the L-G’s office reach the BJP before they reach (the) CM.” The files are related to the AAP government’s plan to reconstruct the market committees of six mandis each at Azadpur, Kesopur, Narela and three at Ghazipur. The files were sent back by the L-G’s office on Wednesday. Government officials told the Indian Express, the LG asked, “if the nominations for members of the market committees were made as per rules”.” Kejriwal in his letter to the L-G has referred to a newspaper report. It was a press conference of BJP, where BJP MLA Vijendra Gupta had accused the AAP government of not following norms for appointing members of the market committee.
The letter talks about Gupta calling L-G’s office to demand the rejection of the Delhi government proposal to reconstruct the market committee. The letter also has a statement by Gupta, which maintains,“Committees are being formed in violation of rules which say that nominated members can only be agriculturalists — traders and qualified commission agents and weighmen.” Kejriwal wrote, “Placed opposite is a paper cutting which says Vijender Gupta, BJP MLA, briefed media that the Hon’ble L-G has returned the file related to mandis back to the government… This file reached my office last evening, much after it reached the BJP (as) he already made statements in the media”.
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“I had written to the L-G on June 9, and on Wednesday, I met him to discuss the issue. How does it matter where the file reached first or if the L-G told me during the meeting that rules shouldn’t be flouted, and that my demand is being considered? The question is that wrongdoing shouldn’t take place, and as Leader of Opposition, it is my right to bring it up. In fact, I feel there should be a CBI inquiry into the appointments. On the one hand, they’re talking about holding farmer conventions and then preventing farmers from having a say at the mandis. This is gross corruption,” Gupta reacted to the letter on Thursday. Although the relationship between Baijal and Kejriwal continues to be tense, officials maintained that it isn’t as strained as the one with former L-G Najeeb Jung.