Politics | File of Kejriwal’s visit to Singapore stuck with Lt Governor since June 7: Claims sources Pi News

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New Delhi: Many important files of the Delhi government have not yet been approved by Lieutenant Governor Vinay Kumar Saxena. Including the file related to the visit of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to Singapore scheduled to attend the World Summit on Cities in July. Official sources made this claim on Friday.

This is expected to create a fresh standoff between the Lieutenant Governor’s office and the Arvind Kejriwal government. There was no immediate reaction from the Lt Governor’s office in this regard. The allegation has been made just ahead of the weekly meeting of Saxena and Kejriwal to be held on Friday on issues related to Delhi. It is not yet known whether the chief minister raised the issue in the meeting. A source said, “The smallest matters related to Delhi are being kept pending for a long time, which is delaying public works.

The Chief Minister is scheduled to visit the World City Conference in Singapore to present the Delhi model of governance but the Lt Governor has not cleared the file yet.” In the past, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had accused Saxena of “flouting the law” to favor the Bharatiya Janata Party. He had leveled this allegation after the Lieutenant Governor had cleared the Anti-Corruption Branch to probe allegations of irregularities in the construction of seven temporary hospitals here during the Covid pandemic. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari had lodged a complaint in this matter.

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In a statement, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj alleged that the Lieutenant Governor was “misleading” the public about the suspension of the four officers. Bhardwaj said he had raised the issue of land-related corruption in the Assembly and it was probed by the Privileges Committee of the House. Official sources said the file regarding the visit of the Chief Minister to Singapore is pending in the Lt Governor’s office for approval since June 7. “Many important files of the Delhi government are yet to be approved by the Lt Governor, including the one related to the visit of the Chief Minister to Singapore,” he said. The file is with the Lieutenant Governor since June 7.

He claimed that files of many minor issues are also stuck in the Lt Governor’s office. Official sources said this may affect governance in Delhi. Officials said that as per the ‘protocol’, any minister, including the chief minister, has to take approval from the home ministry for official foreign visits and the file for approval is sent to the home ministry through the lieutenant governor’s office.

A source said, “The file is stuck in the Lt Governor’s office for the last three weeks. This has never happened before in the history of Delhi.” Sources said that during the time of the last Lt Governor, files related to the chief minister’s visits were cleared and sent back to the Delhi government in a day or two. (agency)

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