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Day 120
  • The AAP-led Delhi government ordered Dharam Pal, appointed as Delhi’s Home Secretary by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, to vacate his post. The Delhi government threatened him that he might face actions if he did not obey the orders. On the contrary, Dharam Pal refused to oblige and said that he would continue to hold the post. He said, “I will sit in my office on Monday and continue as the Home Secretary because my appointment, which is constitutional, has been made by the LG”.
  • A one-stop helpline for Delhiites is being planned by the AAP government in the national capital territory, CM Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday. However, the Delhiites will have to wait for another two years for the helpline to be a reality. Kejriwal said, “We are planning a single helpline for people. But that will have to wait till we win the corporation elections in 2017”.
  • The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has been asked by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to call upon the Urban Development Ministry in connection with its demand of land for parking 10,000 DTC buses. A DDA official said, “We informed them that we were only following rules and that if land was to be availed for commercial purposes, the Nazul rules will have to be amended. Since the Ministry is the ultimate authority on this, we asked them to approach them”.
  • The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has been directed by the Delhi government to take stern actions against those private discoms THAT allow load shedding a number of times a day. “Power discoms need to be more efficient and their careless attitude will not be tolerated as far as power cuts are concerned. We have sent a detailed proposal to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission and we will implement it soon”, said Delhi's Power Minister Satyendra Kumar Jain.
Day 119
  • Controversy broke ground in Delhi on Saturday when a Delhi government report said that a total of 35 corrupt government officials were arrested by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). An earlier RTI report proved the Kejriwal government liar when it said that only seven officers were arrested instead of 35. The latest revelations say that 12 officials from the Excise Department, nine from the Delhi Jal board, seven from the Education Department, two from MCD and one each from PWD, APMC and the Delhi Police were arrested.
  • Delhi's Transport Department was directed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to draw a plan for procuring around 10,000 buses to upgrade Delhi's public transport system. CM Kejriwal called on Transport Minister Gopal Rai to discuss the matter. As per the statement of a senior government official, “In the meeting, the CM has directed transport department to prepare a detailed plan to buy 10,000 new buses and which types of buses the government should buy”.
  • Former Law Minister of Delhi Jitender Singh Tomar, arrested for his allegedly fake law degree, claimed on Saturday that the Delhi Police was harassing him as he was sent to two-day police custody.
Day 118
  • The Delhi High Court directed the AAP government on Friday to release the due fund meant for the salaries of the city's sanitation workers as soon as possible. Earlier, the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had assured the mayors of the three municipal corporations that they would get the necessary funds to the tune of Rs. 493 crore on Friday itself.
  • The Delhi government may further find itself in more trouble as the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is contemplating a disciplinary action against the CM's secretary for not paying heed to its orders. Rajendra Kumar, senior IAS officer, stuck to his position of Home Secretary despite being directed to quit it. Kumar, who is also the Personal Secretary to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, will be handed a show-cause notice by the ministry, if official sources are to be believed.
  • The Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi is mulling over the option of moving the court against the power tariff hike orders of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC). The orders of 4-6 per cent hike in power tariff issued by the DERC have turned out to be huge blow to the AAP as it has promised the people of Delhi to bring the tariffs down by half. Meanwhile, Power Minister Satyendar Jain has said that the government will seek a review of the DERC order and “convey its disagreement to the commission in writing”.
Day 117
  • The Union Home Ministry on Thursday wrote to the AAP government in Delhi saying that the appointment and transferring of top civil servants was not its prerogative and opined that only Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had the powers to do so.
  • The Central government and the Delhi government are face-to-face again as Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday advised the Home Ministry against interfering in its decisions as far as appointment and transferring of top bureaucrats is concerned. He said that it was well within his jurisdiction to lay additional responsibilities on senior officers. Dharam Pal, a senior IAS officer appointed by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung as Delhi's Home Secretary, was removed by the AAP government and replaced with Rajendra Kumar on Wednesday.
  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been directed by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to give its consent in connection with the deputation of Sanjeev Chaturvedi, the whistle blower of AIIMS, to the Delhi government. The Kejriwal government had requested the same ministry in February to allow his government to depute Chaturvedi as the Chief Minister’s officer on special duty.
  • In the middle of a grave tussle with the Union government and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, the Kejriwal-run government in Delhi performed a major administrative reshuffle on Thursday. Around 25 senior level officials were reshuffled in various departments.
  • The AAP-led government in Delhi took four important decisions on Thursday including preparing the schedule of the Budget session of the assembly, launching the programme to provide financial aid to students seeking higher education in Delhi and setting up a committee comprising senior officials to look into the modalities to issue licenses to small and medium enterprises. Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, said that these decisions were taken to facilitate business operations in the national capital.
  • As the media reports suggest, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is infuriated with the AAP's Trinagar MLA Jitendra Singh Tomar, who is held up for allegedly having fake educational degrees. It is also speculated that Delhi's former Law Minister Tomar might be expelled from the primary membership of the party.
Day 116
  • Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's words assuring the release of salaries to the sanitation workers seem to have fallen on deaf ears as scores of trash is lying on the ground as earlier. Kejriwal has assured the employees of the North and East Municipal Corporations twice that sufficient amount of funds has been released and their dues will be paid; however, the sanitation workers remain unmoved even on Wednesday.
  • Came yet another problem for the already troubled AAP-ruled Delhi government when a plea asking to stay the Ministry Of Home Affairs (MHA) notification dated 21 May was rejected by the Delhi High Court on Wednesday. The MHA order had disallowed the Delhi government's ACB to penalise the officials of Delhi Police. A division bench consisting of Justice I.S. Mehta and Justice S. Murlidhar maintained that another bench was hearing a similar issue.
  • Kapil Mishra, the AAP MLA from Karawal Nagar and the deputy chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, will be Delhi's new Law and Transport Minister. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chose Mishra to replace Jitender Singh Tomar who was arrested on Monday for allegedly possessing a fake law degree. The AAP-led Delhi government sent his name to the President through Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
  • Two different persons were seen performing the duties as Delhi's Home Secretary on Wednesday. The two Home Secretaries were Dharam Pal, who was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, and Rajendra Kumar appointed by the Delhi government. Both of them claimed the position and duties of the Home Secretary resting with them.
  • Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung was called on by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia on Wednesday. Three of the most powerful people in the national capital discussed a number of issues. The Delhi government handed over a letter to Jung apprising him of the selection of Kapil Mishra to replace Jitender Singh Tomar as Delhi's new Law Minister. It is also being speculated that the two sides also discussed the ongoing issue of appointments and transfers of bureaucrats.
Day 115
  • The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi was caught in a mess on Tuesday when Jitendra Singh Tomar, Delhi’s Law Minister, was arrested by the Delhi Police for his alleged fake degrees. Tomar has been maintaining that his law degree is genuine, while the political rivals of the AAP have been alleging for some time now that the man holds a fake one. Tomar was arrested and taken to the Vasant Vihar police station for interrogation. He was later produced to the court.
  • Already in a bad turf war with Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, the AAP-led Delhi government denied Delhi Police Joint Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Meena, who was appointed by Najeeb Jung, from taking over as the Chief of the Anti Corruption Bureau. Moreover, Dharampal Singh, Delhi’s Home Secretary, was transferred and an order for approval was sent to the Lieutenant Governor’s office by the Kejriwal government.
  • Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal called on Shashi Kant Sharma, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, on Tuesday to put the scrutiny of the finances of the private discoms on fast track. Power Minister of Delhi Satyendra Jain accompanied Kejriwal, who met the CAG for the second time regarding the same issue.
Day 114
  • Finally, the funds for the salaries of sanitation workers employed with the three municipal corporations of Delhi were released on Monday by the Delhi government. The Delhi government faced a 10-day long protest from the MCD employees for the delay in the release of their salaries. Delhi CM announced the release of funds and blamed the NDA-led Union Government for the delay. He said, "I hope that even when Prime Minister gave funds to Mongolia, he will also give your salaries when you approach him".
  • The tug of war between Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal just worsened on Monday when a Delhi Police joint commissioner was appointed as the Chief of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Delhi, superseding the Chief appointed by Kejriwal. The AAP expressed a strong reaction to this. Moreover, seven other Delhi Police inspectors were also transferred by the Lieutenant Governor to the ACB.
  • The AAP-led government in Delhi is now planning to seek ways of taking an action against Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in connection with the Rs.100-crore CNG Fitness scam that surfaced during the Sheila Dixit government in Delhi in 2002. Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal decided to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday in this regard.
  • Stepping back from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's statement, the Delhi government withdrew the circular allowing the 'two-finger' test on a rape survivor. On the contrary, the Delhi government has ruled that the officers allowing the controversial test will be liable for action.
  • The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government faced flak by the drivers employed with the app-based private taxi services companies like Uber and Ola on Monday. The drivers staged a major protest against Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal for the non-issuance of fresh licenses. An Uber driver said, “I want that Uber app should be allowed to continue. The lives of drivers have changed because of Uber. Earlier, transporters used to exploit us. Now because of Uber, we are owners of our vehicles. Uber has helped us buy our own vehicles at low costs and has shown us a way in life”.
Day 113
  • The BJP, on Sunday, again attacked Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and alleged that he used 'undemocratic' and 'disrespectful' language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung. Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay said, “The language used by Arvind Kejriwal against the Prime Minister, Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and a president of another party is disrespectful, undemocratic and unparliamentary and is unbecoming of a person sitting on the chair of Chief Minister”.
  • The AAP-led Delhi government has denied the possibility of completely banning the controversial 'two-finger' test on a rape survivor despite the fact that the apex court had ruled otherwise. Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on being asked whether his government would ban it completely, said that it might be necessary in 'some' cases; however, the doctor should be sensitised about the test and should conduct it only after the doctor has full consent of the patient. The BJP, though, lambasted the Delhi government's views on the matter, “The Delhi government allows the controversial "Finger Test" for rape victims despite the Supreme Court having ruled against it in 2013. Disgusting!” said BJP’s spokesperson Sambit Patra.
Day 112
  • The 2002 CNG Fitness scam is going to be re-addressed by the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) of the AAP-led Delhi government. The ACB will be provided with all the assistance and related documents pertaining to the scam. The same ACB had, in 2012, registered a case regarding the scam worth Rs. 100 crore.
  • There seems hardly any respite for the Delhi government as far as administrative issues are concerned. Now, the Delhi government is finding it hard to keep one of its poll promises of deploying marshals in the DTC buses plying in the city. The reason behind this is that there is not enough number of personnel to fill in the positions. The AAP-led Delhi government is also facing financial crisis that is making it difficult for them to fulfill some of their poll promises. A letter has been sent to the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung by the AAP government, asking him to call back 4,500 home guards deputed with the Delhi Police.
  • The three municipal corporations of Delhi are now preparing to move to the court against the AAP-led Delhi government over the alleged non-allocation of the funds. MCDs have been maintaining for a while now that the Kejriwal government did not release the rightful amount of funds, while the Delhi government has been alleging that the centre has not released any fund to it meant for the MCDs.
Day 111
  • The AAP-led government in Delhi faced a strong protest at the hands of the BJP's Delhi unit led by its chief Satish Upadhyay. The Delhi BJP alleged that the Delhi government had failed to successfully deal with the water and power crisis in the city. All the 14 district units of BJP have been staging demonstrations against the AAP forcing it and the local legislators to pay heed to the problems of the people of Delhi.
  • The Delhi government has decided to take a firmer stance against those who burn trash in open in Delhi. The announcement was made by Asim Ahmed Khan, Delhi's Environment Minister, on the World Environment Day. The Delhi revenue officials will be empowered to take actions against the offenders.
Day 110
  • Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal re-laid his emphasis on a corruption-less administration in Delhi on Thursday and through a series of tweets expressed his gratitude towards Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for lending him support over the anti-graft measures taken by the Delhi government.
  • LThe AAP-led Delhi government on Thursday announced that the students seeking higher education in Delhi will be given a maximum of Rs. 10 lakh loan under its new education loan scheme that is going to be launched soon. A draft to launch the scheme known as 'Higher Education Credit Guarantee Scheme' will be tabled in the assembly's upcoming budget session. Only Delhi students will be entitled for the scheme.
  • Not only did the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi banned Nestle Maggi on Wednesday but also sent nine more samples of different instant noodles brands for testing on Thursday. The test will be only conducted at the labs approved by the state and the results of the test will be out in a two or three day's time according to a government official.
Day 109
  • Along similar lines with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' (Clean India) drive, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also going to launch a cleanliness drive in the national capital, a news agency tweeted on Wednesday. The CM had launched a drive of a sort last October.
  • The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has started holding budget consultations to prepare a citizen-friendly budget for Delhi. The government officials held the consultation meetings with industrial entities at the Delhi Secretariat. CM Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s Finance Secretary and other officials attended the meetings.
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Bihar Sanjay Bharti has declined to join the ACB of the Delhi government due to medical reasons.. The Delhi government had deputed four Bihar cops into its anti-graft body but was caught in a web when the Union Home Ministry termed the deputations unconstitutional.
  • The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to move to the court against the alleged non-release of their rightful funds by the Delhi government to function properly. All the three municipal corporations have been demanding their financial dues from the AAP-led Delhi government for a while now.
  • In connection with the rising pollution levels in the national capital, Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken wrote a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to motivate the citizens to use public transport and observe 5 June as the 'Public Transport Day'. Maken said, "While experts debate and argue over various techniques of data collection and the methodology of a comparative study, there is no doubt that the quality of air in Delhi is rapidly declining, leading to major health risks for its residents".
  • The Delhi government has slashed a 15-day ban on the instant noodle brand Maggi from Nestle as its samples were found hazardous to human health. Satyendra Jain, Delhi’s Health Minister, said that the government had directed Nestle to recall all its stock from the retail stores. He said “We have asked Nestle to take back all stocks of Maggi noodles from every store in the city. We are putting a 15-day ban on sale of Maggi noodles in the national capital. The ban will be in force from today (on Wednesday) itself”.
Day 108
  • The AAP-led Delhi government has suffered another jolt as the Lieutenant Governor's office issued a statement on Tuesday saying that it is the Lieutenant Governor's prerogative to look after the 'authority, control and supervision' of the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Delhi. The statement said, “The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Delhi, being a police station, functions under the authority, control and supervision of the Lt. Governor, a position that has also been clarified by the Ministry of Home Affairs, vide Notification No 1368 (E), dated May 21”. The statement came after the Arvind Kejriwal government hired a few officers from Bihar for the ACB.
  • Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal was accused by the former Chief Secretary Shailaja Chandra of being 'politically motivated' behind his hiring of a few officers for the ACB and asked him to clarify his actions before the centre before the 'unilateral' decisions are taken. The former Chief Secretary of Delhi Shailaja Chandra said, “It is extremely unfortunate, because the all-India services is governed by a structure, an Act, a cadre and that needs to be administered by systems and rules. These posts are a part of the cadre strength of the Delhi Police, and if the Delhi Police is unable to give people, then he must make a reference to the LG and the Government of India that I need extra officers or I need different officers. He cannot overlook the right of the Delhi Police to work for the posts for which they have been recruited”.
  • A number of hoardings across Delhi have been put up, questioning the claim made by the AAP-led Delhi government of arresting and dismissing a certain number of officers who were allegedly found guilty for corruption. A demand of the names of such officers to be made public has been made through the hoardings.
  • The Transport Department of Delhi has issued one last warning to the app-based cab companies like Uber and OLA to abide by the set guidelines and regulations, failing to which their vehicles will be seized. The warning was issued after an incident of an Uber driver molesting a female passenger came to light.
Day 107
  • A plea that sought an FIR to be lodged against Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, social activist Anna Hazare and a few others was dismissed on Monday by a city court. The plea alleged that these people instigated people against the government during their anti-graft movement in 2011 that reportedly led to the killing of a youth.
  • Amidst an already serious tussle for power between the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, five officers from Bihar have been hired for the Delhi government's Anti-corruption Branch (ACB). This might further escalate the ongoing rift between the two different centres of power in Delhi. Reportedly, five Bihar cops have been hired and appointed for the ACB. The AAP-led Delhi government had requested the Bihar government to release a few officers from Bihar for the ACB.
  • The alleged conversion of the industrial plots in Delhi has prompted the BJP to question the AAP government in Delhi. The Chief of Delhi BJP Satish Upadhyay said in response to senior IAS Officer Shakuntala Gamlin's letter to Najeeb Jung, “This is already a land transfer deal, which indicates that some kinds of questions marks are there. So, the Delhi Government needs to clarify this”.
  • One of the poll promises made by the AAP during its election campaign in Delhi has hit a roadblock. The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), Delhi's power regulatory authority, has blocked the city government's proposal to allow deduction in the unpaid electricity bill, as the honest customers will have to bear the brunt for it. A DERC order said, “This treatment would be unjust for the average honest consumers. It may be noted that in the course of implementation of the said scheme, any revenues forgone in the process of giving amnesty to some consumers can neither be considered as deemed to have been collected for the purpose of determining collection efficiency and AT&C loss figures or in any other form as pass through in the ARR”.
  • A report on Monday mentioned that a central library would be raised in the Delhi by the AAP government. According to the government, the library will be set up to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Delhi. Jitender Singh Tomar, Delhi's Minister for Art and Culture, said, “We have decided to build the city’s first ‘Central Culture Library’ to promote culture and heritage of the Capital. This library will have a treasure of rich literature on the cultural and historical aspects Delhi”.
Day 106
  • Power Minister of the Delhi government Satyendra Kumar Jain was accused on Sunday by senior IAS Officer Shakuntala Gamlin of pressurising her to convert an industrial land from leasehold to freehold. According to Gamlin, such an act would be illegal and benefit capitalists. Gamlin said this in a letter to the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. Satyendra Jain denied the allegations and maintained that it was just an official request to evaluate the feasibility of the proposal through a legal process. Power Minister of the Delhi government Satyendra Kumar Jain was accused on Sunday by senior IAS Officer Shakuntala Gamlin of pressurising her to convert an industrial land from leasehold to freehold. According to Gamlin, such an act would be illegal and benefit capitalists. Gamlin said this in a letter to the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. Satyendra Jain denied the allegations and maintained that it was just an official request to evaluate the feasibility of the proposal through a legal process.
  • The AAP-led Delhi government seems to be in no hurry this time as far as the elusive Jan Lokpal Bill (Anti-Graft bill) is concerned. The AAP government has decided against tabling the bill in the budget session of the assembly. Earlier, the Delhi government had announced that it would table the bill in the upcoming budget session. A Delhi government official said, “We don’t want to rush this time. We will send the draft (of the bill) to the centre first. Some changes have been made to the draft presented in 2014”.
Day 105
  • The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi faced protests by the BJP workers on Saturday over AAP's plans to procure high-end security and surveillance equipment for its ACB. The BJP workers protested outside Kejriwal's residence in New Delhi. The protests were a consequence of a notification of the Delhi government that mentioned about its plans to buy the equipment.
  • Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said on Saturday that even harsher punishment should be awarded to the erring government officials and bureaucrats. He said that the officials who skip duty hours, indulge in financial irregularities or violate departmental guidelines would be given harsher punishment from now on.
Day 104
  • Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government suffered a blow on Friday as it received a notice from the Apex Court regarding the NDA government's appeal against the High Court ruling that allowed Delhi's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to take actions against bureaucrats. The Delhi government has also been given a three-week time to reply to the centre's plea to stay High Court's order that held Home Ministry's notification to Delhi government as 'Suspect'.
  • The BJP led government in the centre denied on Friday that it was trying to remote-control the Delhi government through Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, but maintained that everyone should work within the constitutional framework. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in press conference, “We have no intentions to run the Delhi government through anyone. Let them run the government. We just want to uphold the Constitutional provisions”.
  • The AAP-led Delhi government has decided to amend the Food Safety & Standards Act. According to the government, the concerned act will be amended to ensure stringent actions against those who are found guilty of food adulteration. The amendment will be made in the next assembly session and the maximum punishment for such crimes is likely to be raised to a life sentence. An official statement said, “In extreme cases where adulteration could lead to death, Delhi government has proposed imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than ten years but which may extend up to imprisonment for life and also with fine which shall not be less than Rs 20 lakh”.
Day 103
  • The tussle between the AAP-led Delhi government and the NDA-led central escalated on Thursday as Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal went to the High Court and challenged the Union Home Ministry's notification issued on 21 May. On the other hand, the MHA took the issue to the Supreme Court challenging the High Court's ruling that held the notification “suspect”.
  • The app-based taxi services companies operating in Delhi were directed on Thursday by the AAP-led Delhi government to submit all their details with the Delhi Transport Department. The taxi companies have been given an ultimatum of seven days for the directions to be followed. Delhi's Transport Minister Gopal Rai held talks with the representatives of private taxi services companies and issued them the directions.
  • Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal gave another reason on Thursday as to why he and his government should have the right to appoint, transfer and dismiss bureaucrats in Delhi. Kejriwal said that since people have elected him and his MLAs to run the government in Delhi, his government is accountable to them. Hence, the authority to appoint administrative officers should rest with the Delhi government. Delhi CM, while addressing the assembly, said “We have made many promises to the people and they have expectations with us, not with the LG. And the people have lost expectations with the Prime Minister, which is why only three BJP MLAs were elected in Delhi. We are answerable to the people, hence we must have the right to appoint our officials”.
Day 102
  • The AAP-led Delhi government, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the city's civic bodies were asked by the High Court to respond to a plea demanding the sufficient amount of funds to be released for the three municipal corporations to function properly. The response is to be registered with the court by 29 June.
  • The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Wednesday passed a resolution in the assembly against the notification issued to it by the Union Home Ministry advocating the authority of the Lieutenant Governor as far as the appointing of administrative officers was concerned. The resolution was moved on Tuesday by Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia and was passed by the house on late Wednesday.
  • On the second day of the two-day emergency assembly session of the Delhi assembly, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attacked the NDA-led central government and pronounced Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to be dancing to the tunes of the BJP. Kejriwal questioned the strategy and integrity of the BJP government in the centre. The Delhi CM also assured the state government's officers and employees of full support, if ever the central government tried to take any actions against them. Kejriwal added that the union government was trying to defame the AAP government in Delhi by misusing the Lieutenant Governor and the Delhi Police.
  • The BJP on Wednesday accused Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of trying to fool the Delhiites. State BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay said that during the two-day emergency session of the Delhi assembly, the Delhi government did not address a single issue concerning the common citizen of the national capital. He said that a special/emergency session of the Parliament or state legislative assembly is called when the government is met with a trouble that needs immediate attention; however, the AAP-led Delhi government just used the session to its own personal interest.
Day 101
  • Amidst the controversy surrounding Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in connection with the vested powers resting with both of them, the two most powerful men in the Delhi administration met on Tuesday to discuss the role, jurisdiction and functioning of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the Delhi government. A day earlier, the High Court ruled that the AAP-led Delhi government's ACB had the rights to prosecute the Delhi Police officials.
  • Delhi government's two-day emergency assembly session started on Tuesday in which the AAP-led government presented a resolution against the notification from the Union Home Ministry that, as the Kejriwal government alleged, intended to put undue restrictions on the AAP government. Adarsh Shastri, an AAP MLA, demanded a constitutional amendment that might enable the state governments to impeach the Governor and the Lieutenant Governors.

  • There was a huge ruckus during the first day of the two-day emergency assembly session of the Delhi legislative assembly on Tuesday. The three BJP MLAs in the house expressed strong objections to a comment made by the Speaker of the House and had to be escorted out of the house by the marshals.
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  • News agencies learned through the sources of the Delhi government on Sunday that the AAP-led government in Delhi is going to push harder for a “full-statehood” for the national capital. As per the sources, the AAP government might announce a referendum on Monday in the open public meeting at Connaught Place. The Delhi government is of the view that since the national capital is a union territory and not a proper state, the Lieutenant Governor has too many powers over it and the same is being used by the BJP-led central government to remote control Delhi.
  • Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was accused on Sunday by the state BJP that Kejriwal was trying to run Delhi 'as per his own will'. Satish Upadhyay, the Delhi BJP chief, said, “The AAP's 100 days in office have been characterised by 'Confrontation' rather than 'Coordination'. Since the AAP government came to power in Delhi, there has been no politics of coordination, only of confrontation. Kejriwal has been running a 'meri marzi ki sarkar' and has not only made mockery of governance but also deceived the public”.
  • February 2016 is the proposed time when free Wi-Fi facility will be made available across Delhi, if everything goes as per the AAP-led Delhi government's plans. It is reliably learned that the Wi-Fi facility will carry a limited amount of data usage policy rather than a time bound one as proposed earlier. Adarsh Shastri, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of IT, Delhi, said, “We will work on ensuring a minimum speed of 512 KB p/s to each user to make it a better experience. We will be very strict on user experience and uninterrupted service”.
  • Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal addressed the grievances of agitated parents of schoolgoing children and students at his residence on Sunday. Prior to that, the parents and students of the government schools had protested outside the CM's residence in New Delhi in connection with the recently declared class IX results, in which 90 % of the students failed. The protesters demanded that the students should be either given a second chance or promoted to the 10th standard.
Days 98
  • A two-day emergency assembly session has been called for on Saturday by the AAP-led Delhi government. The emergency assembly session is to commence on Tuesday, which will be about the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in connection with Delhi's Lieutenant Governor, giving him the absolute administrative rights. A cabinet meeting presided over by Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal decided on the emergency assembly session that was originally scheduled for June.
  • The Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi decided on Saturday to hold an open cabinet meeting on Day 100 of its rule in the national capital. The common people of Delhi will also be able to attend the programme.  The CM and his cabinet ministers will hold the meeting at Central Park, Connaught Place on Monday evening though the Delhi government has not been granted permission by the Delhi Police yet.
Days 96 and 97
  • The AAP-led Delhi government had to bear a blow when it was issued a notification by the Ministry of Home Affairs saying that it is the Lieutenant Governor who is the “administrative head” of the state and the state government cannot interfere in the matters concerned to the “services”. The ruling party, AAP, retaliated while warning to move to the court and seek a legal opinion.
  • The Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal frowned as the BJP-led government in the centre issued it a notification in connection with the respective powers and rights of the Lieutenant Governor and the Delhi government. Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the Delhi has been stabbed in the back by the Modi government. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Kejriwal said, “The BJP-led central government has issued the notification just because they are rattled by the good work done by the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) government”
  • Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal accused the NDA-led central government of trying to remote control Delhi via LieutenantGovernor Najeeb Jung and retrospectively referred to them as the British queen and viceroy respectively. “I have no jung (battle) with (Lt Governor Najeeb) Jung. We are fighting corruption and the Modi government is scared of us. The Lt Governor is just a face… Pre-independence, the
  • Queen of England used to send notifications to the Viceroy here. Now, Jung Sahab is the Viceroy and PMO is London”, said Kejriwal.
DAY 95
  • Once again the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government received support from unexpected quarters as the ousted AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav agreed with the Delhi government's stand on two different issues; namely, full statehood to Delhi and the controversy involving Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
  • Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal played a host to Nepalese Ambassador H.E. Deep Kumar Upadhyay on Thursday. The two discussed the ground situation in Nepal after the 25 April 2015 earthquake that left the country devastated. The Nepalese ambassador was grateful to the Delhi government for its contribution towards the relief work in Nepal.
  • Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, said on Thursday that certain quarters were opposing the Delhi government for trying to stop the “transfer-posting industry” running in Delhi. Sisodia said, “It is very interesting. In Delhi, ‘transfer-posting’ is a big industry and we have stopped it in last three months. All the transfers we have done are on the basis of eligibility and have been carried out with full honesty. This is why people are opposing us. Crores (of rupees) were made through ‘transfer-posting industry’ in Delhi”.
  • A Delhi government official said on Thursday that the AAP-led government in the national capital and the respective governments of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have collectively decided to form a joint mechanism to curb smuggling of goods and tax evasion. Along with Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal, Finance Minister of Haryana Captain Abhimanyu and Himachal Pradesh’s Excise and Taxation Minister Prakash Chaudhary attended the meeting in Delhi.
DAY 94
  • Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding his ongoing feud with Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung. On the other hand, Jung also sent a letter to Kejriwal asserting his legal rights over the city administration. The CM, in his letter to the PM, maintained that the NDA-led Union Government was trying to remote control the national capital through the LG, sources said. Meanwhile, Najeeb Jung asserted his powers over Delhi referring to the special status Delhi enjoys as the national capital. A statement from the LG's office said, “Delhi as the National Capital is significantly different from other states. Delhi is a Union Territory with a Legislative Assembly and not a state and, therefore, has important points of distinction. It is, therefore, necessary to issue these clarifications”.
  • The Delhi government on Wednesday received a notice from the High Court regarding a petition filed in the court challenging the appointment of 21 legislators by the AAP government. The AAP-led Delhi government had appointed 21 legislators as parliamentary secretaries with respective ministries in March this year.
  • Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the Lieutenant Governor and the Central government of conspiring against the AAP government in Delhi but said that he would not worry as long as he had the confidence of the people of Delhi. Inaugurating a central store in the Keshav Puram area of North-West Delhi, Kejriwal said that his government was committed towards serving the people of Delhi and would fulfill all the poll promises made by his party.
DAY 93
  • Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, met President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday in connection with his ongoing tussle with Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung. The Delhi CM complained to the President that the Lieutenant Governor was trying to run the government in Delhi and was unduly interfering in the jurisdiction of the Delhi government. Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia accompanied the CM.
  • Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday issued directions to the department secretaries and chief secretaries to route through him all the orders issued by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. A Delhi government order read “No action will be taken by the administrative secretary or chief secretary on such order till written directions are received from the chief minister or the minister in charge on the same”.
  • The AAP-led Delhi government on Tuesday ordered a vigilance probe into the police encounter carried out at a restaurant in New Rajendra Nagar area on Saturday. An SIT probe and a Magistrate-level probe are already on into the alleged murder of Manoj Vashisth. The police personnel involved in the encounter have already been transferred.
  • Two different groups of demonstrators protested outside the Delhi Secretariat in Tuesday.One of the groups was from the North-East region of the country that staged the protest against the Delhi government's allegations on Senior IAS Officer Shakuntala Gamlin that she was trying to manipulate the government. The other group was that of the paramedical nurses from the Delhi government's Health & Family Welfare department, who put forth a few demands.
DAY 92
  • The tussle between the Delhi government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung has just grown fiercer as the AAP led government refused to abide by any orders of the Lt. Governor outright. Senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamling found her office locked from outside on Monday, while another senior officer's appointment was cancelled by the Delhi government. The Delhi Chief Minister will on Tuesday meet the President in this regard.
  • The AAP led Delhi government on Monday saw support coming its way from unexpected quarters as ousted former AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan said that the decisions of a democratically elected government should be paramount and respected.
  • The AAP government in Delhi on Monday ordered a magisterial probe into the police encounter in which a man named Manoj Vashisth was killed. The encounter was carried out in a central Delhi restaurant on Saturday.
  • The AAP government in Delhi on Monday ordered a magisterial probe into the police encounter in which a man named Manoj Vashisth was killed. The encounter was carried out in a central Delhi restaurant on Saturday.
DAY 91
  • The acting Chief Secretary of Delhi, Shakuntala Gamlin was on Sunday accused by Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of being favourable to private discoms in Delhi. According to the accusations, Gamlin wanted to try and trick the Delhi government to release funds worth Rs. 11,000 crore demanded by the power distributors. Kejriwal said, “When our government was formed, she came to our power minister to sign a letter, saying that Reliance-owned power companies have applied for a loan of Rs 11,000 crore. She wanted the minister to sign the document and said it was just a formality. When our minister got this letter checked, it turned out to be a guarantee letter. If Reliance-owned power companies failed to pay the loan, the burden would come on the people and the rates in Delhi would have increased two-three folds”.
  • The AAP-led Delhi government on Sunday ordered a magistrate-level probe into the police encounter that took place on Saturday night in a restaurant in the New Rajendra Nagar area. The wife of Manoj Vashishth, who was killed in the encounter, pronounced it to be a murder. She held demonstrations in front of the residence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday and alleged that it was a planned murder.
  • The Mayor of the North MCD threatened the AAP-led Delhi government on Sunday that if the government did not release funds for the civic body to function properly, the workers and officials of the municipality would protest against CM Arvind Kejriwal. North MCD Mayor Ravindra Gupta alleged that the Delhi government was not releasing the funds, amounting to Rs. 2,000 crore that rightfully belongs to the MCD, because of its political vendetta with BJP.
DAY 90
  • Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal drew fresh criticism from the opposition over the ongoing AAP and Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s squabble. The opposition on Saturday opined that the CM was running his government like a private enterprise. Kejriwal was also accused of trying to misguide the people as he had failed to keep his poll promises.
  • The Delhi government on Saturday accused Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung of trying to control the Delhi administration. The accusations came regarding the appointment of Senior IAS Officer Shakuntala Gamlin as the acting Chief Secretary by Jung. The Lieutenant Governor, though, rubbished the allegations.
  • Despite the disapproval of the Delhi government, Senior IAS Officer Shakuntala Gamlin on Saturday assumed her duties as the acting Chief Secretary of Delhi. Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal had reportedly asked her in a letter not to assume the duties.

Last Updated on 10 August, 2022.