Amid its bitter face-off with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Monday night directed all its officials to apprise the Chief Minister or Minister concerned about any oral or written direction from the LG or his office before following them.
In a directive, the order signed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, said the bureaucrats including the Chief Secretary will have to first consult with the Chief Minister and other Ministers about any communication from the LG before acting on such directions.
“To ensure smooth functioning of day-to-day affairs of our government in accordance with the Constitution of India, the Government of NCT of Delhi Act and Transaction of Business of the Delhi Government it is hereby ordered that any direction or order, whether oral or written, received from Honorable LG or his office to the Chief Secretary or any administrative Secretary, shall first be submitted by the concerned administrative Secretary/Chief Secretary on the file to the Minister incharge and the Chief Minister for a decision,” the order said.
The order came amid deepening confrontation between Kejriwal and Jung over appointments of top bureaucrats in the Delhi government.
Earlier in the day, the AAP government told the LG that it would not comply with his “unconstitutional” orders.