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Kejriwal meets with Punjab bureaucrats; Mann blinks as puppet CM declares opposition

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Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal was facing a plethora of criticism on Tuesday over chairing a meeting with Punjab chief secretary Anirudh Tewari and other senior bureaucrats in Delhi. Opposition parties claimed Kejriwal’s act was a neglect of the Punjab CM, Bhagwant Mann.

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Will Punjab be puppeteered by Delhi people? In what capacity and on which issue was this meeting held? Make it public, CM Sahib. Sar to jhuka diya hi tha ab maatha bhi tek diya ha kya, “the new Punjab Congress president, Amrinder Singh Raja, asked.

The Punjab unit of AAP quickly responded and fully defended the meeting. The state party wing claimed that there was nothing illegal if the party’s national convenor and Delhi CM did so in the larger public interest. So we take his guidance, and there is nothing wrong with that. “Punjab and many other states go to Delhi to understand Kejriwal’s model of governance,” said AAP spokesperson M S Kang.

Amid the opposition’s attack, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann met Kejriwal and took to Twitter to declare the meeting “fruitful” and that he would soon give the people of Punjab a piece of “good news”. He also met with President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.

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Responding to Mann’s tweet, Kejriwal said, “Together we will change Delhi, Punjab, and the entire country.”

He said people were upset with the dirty and corrupt politics of politicians and political parties, but the Aam Aadmi Party would work for them day and night. The Punjab cabinet, which is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, is tipped to green-light AAP’s pre-poll promise of providing 300 units of free electricity a month to every household in the state.

Former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu said IAS officers being summoned by Kejriwal in Mann’s absence “exposes the de facto chief minister” and his bid to remote-control Punjab. A clear breach of federalism and an insult to Punjabi pride. Both must clarify, “Sidhu remarked.”

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal described it as “totally unconstitutional and unacceptable”.

Former Punjab chief minister and Punjab Lok Congress president Capt. Amarinder Singh joined in the criticism. The worst was predicted, and the worst was realized. Arvind Kejriwal has taken over Punjab much before it was expected to happen. That Bhagwant Mann is a rubber stamp was a foregone conclusion already, now Kejriwal has proved it right by chairing the Punjab officers’ meeting in Delhi, “he tweeted.

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The BJP termed Kejriwal’s move a “grossly unconstitutional act. It was not only an insult to the state government officials but also a disgraceful moment for Punjab itself that it would be run by another chief minister from Delhi, “BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh said.

Senior BJP member Manoranjan Kalia even wrote to Governor Banwari Lal Purohit, urging him to restrain Punjab bureaucrats and seek an explanation from the chief secretary. He said that if the chief secretary, being the administrative head of the state, “transgresses the constitutional duties to please political masters, how can he stop the officers under him?”

 

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