Rajnath Singh “Satisfied” With His View On Services, Says Arvind Kejriwal

The chief minister said he read out the verdict, para by para, to the Home Minister. (PTI)

New Delhi: 

Locked in a long-running confrontation with the Centre over administrative powers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to press upon his government’s claim to decide bureaucratic postings and transfers and said the BJP leader appeared “satisfied” with his view.

Mr Kejriwal, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, met Mr Singh at his residence to assert that his government has power over ‘services’ matter following the Supreme Court’s recent verdict and that the Centre and Lt Governor should obey the order in totality.

After the meeting, Mr Kejriwal said Mr Singh’s “gestures” showed that he was satisfied with his view and the union minister would discuss the matter with his officials.

The Home Ministry officials, however, later said that Mr Singh conveyed to the chief minister that the ministry will take legal opinion on the issue.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr Kejriwal said, “We told him (Singh) that the Centre and the LG are interpreting the Supreme Court order in a strange manner. They are saying that they will obey half of the order but not the other half.”

The Supreme Court verdict, which restricted the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to matters of land, police and public order, has been used by the AAP government to claim control over services matters including transfer and posting of…

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