6-hour standoff between LG Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal; This file sparked massive row

By: | Published: August 31, 2017 12:34 PM

This time in Delhi politics, a special file has led to a 6-hour long standoff between Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal and CM Arvind Kejriwal.

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This time in Delhi politics, a special file has led to a 6-hour long standoff between Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal and CM Arvind Kejriwal. The chief minister’s office said the file was with the LG office while LG had claimed it had been sent to Kejriwal’s office on July 5, according to The Indian Express. The file was for the in-principle approval to AAP’s mohalla clinics drive. The meeting between 43 AAP MLAs and the LG began at 3 pm yesterday. But nobody at the meeting was aware where the file was. And what is more, AAP MLAs absolutely refused to leave the LG’s residence till he had signed off on it!

However, a note from the Vigilance department has reportedly resolved the matter. The note, sent to Health Minister Satyendra Jain, stated that it was with the Vigilance department. “I met the LG about 10 days ago. He told me he had asked for the file from the Vigilance department. This gave an impression that the file was with him,” Deputy CM Manish Sisodia was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Health Minister Satyendra Jain asked LG, in a letter, for “specific instances” on the basis of which “alleged complaints/irregularities in the setting up of Mohalla clinics” have been made.Earlier, Sisodia instructed to place before him the files, pertaining to the Vigilance department, before being sent to the LG. Soon a legal input from the Centre was sent to Baijal that files need not be routed through Sisodia’s office.

Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP spokesperson, has said that the file had been sent for approval to Baijal in May but it was returned in July to the Vigilance department, said Saurabh Bhardwaj. “The Chief Secretary and Vigilance Secretary refused to show file to Sisodia saying they had been directed by LG not to put any vigilance related file before the minister,” he was quoted as saying by IE.

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