‘Will not respond to those who indulge in low rhetoric…’, letter war between CM and LG in Delhi.

New Delhi: Delhi Lieutenant Governor V.K. Saxena accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of making misleading and defamatory remarks against her. He said he was acting as the voice of the constitution and not Kejriwal’s head teacher. On the other hand, Arvind Kejriwal also responded that the LG should focus on improving the law and order situation to avoid another incident like Kanjawala.

Referring to Kejriwal’s recent sarcastic remark, Saxena said that he was not acting as his ‘master teacher’ but as the ‘gentle but conscientious voice’ of the people emerging from the Indian Constitution. The Governor sent a letter to the Chief Minister accusing him of ‘political hypocrisy’ when he marched to Raj Niwas on January 16 along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs.

Saxena said that he had invited Kejriwal for the meeting but the Chief Minister did not turn up on the pretense of meeting all his MLAs. Kejriwal asked for a meeting with all his MLAs at a very short notice, but he said it was impossible to meet 70 to 80 people at once and it would not yield concrete results.

The Lt Governor said, ‘Unfortunately you have played a convenient political role and said that the LG has refused to meet me. “It has come to my notice through reports published in the media that you have made several seriously misleading, untrue and defamatory statements within and outside the state assembly in the last few days,” Saxena said.

In a letter to Kejriwal, he said, ‘I am very surprised to know that the city is facing so many serious problems related to development, yet you are taking so long instead of meeting me to solve the problem. Its logical conclusion found time to march and demonstrate.

Referring to Kejriwal’s attack on the Lt Governor in the Assembly two days ago, Saxena said, “Questions like who is the LG and where did he come from are answered in the context of the Constitution of India.” But such people, who have descended to ‘a very low level of rhetoric’, cannot answer.

Chief Minister Kejriwal on Tuesday questioned the Lt Governor’s authority, saying ‘He (Saxena) is not my headmaster’ using the phrase ‘Abdullah Deewana in Beni Shaadi’.

Saxena also pointed out several indicators to show the shortcomings of the education system in the national capital. Citing statistics, Saxena said that the average attendance in government schools was 70.73 per cent in 2012-2013, which has steadily declined year-on-year and reached 60.65 per cent in 2019-2020. Saxena also responded to the Kejriwal government’s allegation that she had rejected an offer for teacher training in Finland.

The LG said, ‘I did not reject the proposal….I raised some questions regarding the impact assessment and cost benefit analysis of such visits over the past few years and asked the department whether our own institute of excellence. Such training can be obtained in a more cost-effective manner like in IIMs. He informed that in Finland 52 primary in-charges, three SCERT trainers, one Deputy Principal, two Deputy Directors of Education, Director (SCERT) and Secretary (Education) were proposed to be trained in two batches of five days each.

The Lt. Governor said that it was not his intention to disrupt teacher training in Finland and had recently approved a proposal to send 55 principals and vice-principals of government schools to Cambridge for 10 days in two batches. He also referred to the pain of 12 Delhi government-aided colleges where salaries are pending and posts are not being allotted.

Saxena said that her letter should be seen from the perspective of a concerned citizen of Delhi and not that of the LG and hoped that the Chief Minister would understand the facts and take steps to address the serious deficiencies. Results will be guaranteed

However, in his letter to Kejriwal Saxena, he mentioned how the LG had strongly criticized the education system in Delhi. Criticism deserves respect, he said. Kejriwal wrote that the people of Delhi have given us a historic majority thrice. We are doing a good job in front of the public. Your criticism is well respected. No system is perfect. There have been many improvements in the education system in Delhi, but a lot more needs to be done. We still have a long way to go.

Kejriwal said that if the central government and various lieutenant governors had not intervened, the government would have made more progress in the education sector. In a letter to the Lt. Governor, Kejriwal alleged that Saxena appeared to be interfering in the functioning of the elected government instead of checking law and order issues in the city.

He said that every Delhiite hangs his head in shame when the whole world calls Delhi the capital of rape. Crime is increasing in Delhi. Women find it difficult to leave the house.

Kejriwal claimed that there was public anger over the Lt Governor’s interference in the day-to-day functioning of the elected government. He said the people of Delhi were humiliated when Saxena refused to meet the Chief Minister and AAP MLAs who visited him recently at Raj Niwas.

Pointing out the role of the sun and the moon in keeping the universe in its proper place, Kejriwal appealed to Saxena to let him (Chief Minister) work for the smooth functioning of the system.

The Chief Minister said that if ever the sun starts to feel that the moon is not working properly, today I will do the work of the moon, then the whole earth will be in chaos. Sooraj does his job and Chad does his, only then the whole system runs smoothly. He said, ‘Let the Chief Minister do his job, you fix law and order in Delhi, so that cases like Kanjawala don’t happen again, only then will the system in Delhi be fixed’.

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