Delhi LG Treats Arvind Kejriwal Like A Chaprasi, Says Naresh Agarwal In Rajya Sabha

| December 29 , 2017 , 10:57 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have often accused the Delhi Lieutenant Governor of posing obstacles in their way of effectively ruling the national capital. In support of Kejriwal, Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the LG treats the Delhi CM like a "chaparasi" or peon.

"The Delhi government has no powers. The Lieutenant Governor treats Delhi's Chief Minister like a chaparasi (peon). This is an insult to the Chief Minister," Agarwal said in the Rajya Sabha, seeking more powers for the AAP government.

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The Kejriwal-led AAP has accused Lieutenant Governors of Delhi, the previous LG Najeeb Jung and the current Anil Baijal, of blocking their initiatives which should be honoured considering that theirs is the elected government.  

Earlier this week, Kejriwal and Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia slammed Lt Governor Anil Baijal for sending back their proposal to provide home delivery of 40 government services.

As several lawmakers sought an end to the clash between the AAP Delhi government and the LG, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha PJ Kurian later asked Union Urban Development Minister Hardee Singh Puri to intervene.

"In four decades of public life, I have faced many challenges. I tried to negotiate with terrorists. This is going to be a difficult one, but I accept your challenge and I will try and negotiate," the minister told the House.