New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena for their regular Friday meeting after skipping the last three times after CBI raids on his deputy, Manish Sisodia.
They last met on August 12, but did not on August 19, the day the CBI raided Mr Sisodia’s house over an alleged scam in the liquor policy. The next Friday, August 26, the AAP leadership was in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, for poll campaigning.
The meeting today would have routine administrative matters to be discussed. The agenda is not shared with the media.
A lot more has happened between the AAP and Centre-appointed Lieutenant Governor since the CBI raids over the New Excise Policy. The policy that brought private players into the liquor trade was withdrawn in July — it was in force for eight months — as the Lieutenant Governor ordered a CBI probe.
The AAP says the probe and all are a ploy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government, via the Lieutenant Governor. “This is political vendetta using central agencies such as the CBI,” the party has said.
It has hit back at VK Saxena directly, too, with scam allegations — pointing fingers at his seven-year tenure as Khadi and Village Industries Commission just before he got the Delhi post earlier this year.
Angry exchanges have since been almost a daily affair, including dramatic moments for camera.
When Mr Saxena sent a defamation notice to AAP leaders, one of them, Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh, tore it to shreds on video. The AAP government also held a special session to underline its majority in the House, where speeches were made claiming the scam allegations were to stop the AAP’s national expansion under Mr Kejriwal.
Mr Saxena has denied any wrongdoings in his Khadi Commission tenure, saying the AAP is giving wrong figures about a contract awarded to his daughter for designing a Khadi Lounge in Mumbai.
A larger question at the nub of this fight, meanwhile, is in the Supreme Court — as to who between the elected government and the L-G has more power.
A Constitution Bench last heard the matter on September 7. It happened to be the day AAP’s Sanjay Singh tore Mr Saxena’s notice.
Arvind Kejriwal Meets Lt Governor First Time Since Raid On Manish Sisodia Sparked Scam-vs-Scam
The court set October 11 as the tentative next date of hearing.