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We Are The Masters Of Delhi, Not The Bureaucracy: Arvind Kejriwal

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| October 5 , 2017 , 08:55 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's controversies with Lieutenant Governors began from former Delhi LG Najeeb Jung and appear to be continuing with LG Anil Baijal. Having clashed with Baijal on several issues and accusing his office of leaking reports to the media, CM Kejriwal has now accused Baijal of 'opposing' a bill to regularise the jobs of 15,000 guest teachers in Delhi.

Alleging a nexus between Lieutenant Governor Baijal, the BJP and bureaucracy, Kejriwal said at a special session of the Delhi Assembly, "Hum Delhi ke maalik hai (we are the masters of Delhi), not the bureaucracy."

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The comment of Kejriwal was received with loud cheers and table thumping by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmakers at the day-long special assembly session which had been called to discuss various issues, including a bill to regularise the jobs of nearly 15,000 guest teachers in Delhi currently working on contract basis.

As LG Baijal pointed out that the bill to regularise guest teachers was not within the limits of the Delhi Assembly and asked Kejriwal to reconsider the issue, AAP argued that the issue concerns education and not services.

Accusing Baijal of 'opposing' the Bill, Kejriwal also alleged that on the directions of Baijal, the bureaucracy did not show the files related to the guest teacher regularisation to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who holds the education portfolio.  

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"What state secrets do these files contain that they cannot be shown to us? I want to tell the LG that I am an elected CM of Delhi and not a terrorist. He (Sisodia) is an elected education minister, not a terrorist," Kejriwal said.

The bill was passed finally by voice vote as the opposition BJP walked out of the assembly, accusing the AAP of reducing the issue to a populist measure.

In August, the Chief Minister and LG Baijal had clashed over the construction of Mohalla clinics, resulting in AAP lawmakers camping outside Baijal's residence demanding his signature on the files.