Hitting out at the Centre over the arrest of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar and an another officer, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday accused it of “paralysing” governance in Delhi.
While addressing a press conference in Delhi, Sisodia said “Modi ji is not able to control his hatred towards us and is making all efforts to paralyse Delhi Govt: Manish Sisodia.”
“Modi ji’s Govt has made 3 attacks on us; the attacks were made through CBI, Home Ministry and ACB,” he added.
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Sisodia also questioned the timing of arrest of Kumar, Deputy Secretary Tarun Sharma and transfers of eleven officers.
“There is a conspiracy to paralyse the CM office. Principal Secretary and Deputy Secretary to CM have been arrested while Assistant Secretary was transferred to Andaman.
“All has happened in just one day…This is the lowest levels to which a central government has stooped to, from the time Delhi has had an elected government in 1991,” the Deputy Chief Minister told reports here.
CBI today arrested Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar, Deputy Secretary and three others for allegedly abusing their official position and favouring a private company in securing government contracts worth over Rs 50 crore.
Sisodia alleged the BJP-led central government was adopting “such tactics” as the Aam Aadmi Party is “going to win” Assembly polls in Punjab, Goa and garner massive support in Gujarat.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking revenge of his party’s defeat in Assembly elections from the people of Delhi by arresting, transferring our officers and creating hurdles in our works, but we are not scared of these things,” he alleged, adding, the AAP government will effectively run for Delhiites despite the “Centre’s attack”.
“Modi ji, let me tell you – we’ve been elected by ppl of Delhi, we shall run an effective govt for them despite all your attacks on us! (sic),” he tweeted.
Sisodia also slammed the Centre for transferring eleven officers, who were working with the state government, allegedly without any meeting of the Joint Cadre Authority (JCA).
“11 senior officers have been transferred out of Delhi in a single day that is too illegally without meeting of Joint Cadre Authority. Senior officer handling major project of large-scale development of unauthorised colonies in next one year has been transferred to Andaman.
“Senior officer in-charge of ambitious project of installation of CCTV cameras in all government schools has also been transferred to Andaman,” he said.
Annoyed over the sudden transfer of Delhi government’s eleven officers, Sisodia dared the Centre to give the AAP dispensation only peons with whom they can run governance in the national capital.
He further said Delhi has 300 sanctioned DANICS posts, but it has only 65 officers working with the city administration, adding that now eight have been transferred.
“Andaman, which has 24 sanctioned DANICS posts, has now 23 DANICS officers. In a total, Andaman has now 31 such officers,” he said.
(With PTI Inputs)