New Delhi: The tussle between the CM Kejriwal government and the central government has increased in the country’s capital Delhi. On Sunday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal skipped a tree plantation programme at Asola Bhati Mines where Lieutenant Governor Saxena was present.LG office sources told media,”After absenting from schedule weekly meeting with LG on Friday citing ill health, Delhi CM Kejriwal today skipped a pre-decided combined program of tree plantation at Asola Bhatti Mines, again due to ill health.”
According to the reports, Tree Plantation corresponding with the ‘Van Mahotsav’, was to be undertaken jointly by the Lieutenant Governor and Chief Minister. A mutual decision on this was taken on July 4. 1,00,000 trees are to be planted as a part of the program, and the LG and CM were to launch the same together today,” as per the media agencies. “One is left to wonder if recommending a CBI inquiry into an apparently illegal Excise Policy is taking the focus of the CM away from Delhi’s environmental concerns,” the LG sources added.
At a press conference, AAP-led Delhi government have claimed that because the government programme was turned into a political BJP programme the Chief Minister and other ministers decided not to attend the event after Delhi Police forcefully took over the stage of Van Mohatsav before the programme. “The Delhi Police reached the location of the event and took control of the pandal last night. They forcibly put up banners carrying pictures of PM Modi… Banners carrying photos of Lieutenant Governor (VK Saxena) and Chief Minister Kejriwal were taken down,” Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal also skipped the weekly meeting with the LG on Friday citing ill health, in the backdrop of a CBI probe recommended by the LG in alleged lapses and irregularities in the implementation of the Excise policy of the Delhi government. Recently, Saxena denied permission for Kejriwal’s Singapore visit to attend the World Cities Summit, the AAP convener said he differs with the LG’s advice and would go ahead with the visit.