Ke­jri­wal hits out at Delhi chief secy for dis­obe­di­ence

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: Delhi chief sec­re­tary MM Kutty is fac­ing the ire of CM Arvind Ke­jri­wal­for “re­fus­ing to heed” his di­rec­tions to or­der an in­quiry into the Metro fare hike. The CM said Kutty had the “back­ing of the Cen­tre” and was “tak­ing or­ders from BJP”. The CM’s state­ment warned that the “elected gov­ern­ment would look into op­tions to deal with such dere­lic­tion and sab­o­tage of the bu­reau­crats to­wards the pro-peo­ple move of the gov­ern­ment”.

On Wed­nes­day, Ke­jri­wal had in­structed the Di­a­logue and Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion to ex­am­ine is­sues re­lated to the re­cent hike in Delhi Metro fares and to as­sess whether this could have been avoided. In a note to Kutty ask­ing him to ini­ti­ate an in­quiry in the mat­ter, Ke­jri­wal had writ­ten, “The steep hike in metro fares has caused con­sid­er­able dis­tress to the peo­ple of Delhi. The hike could not have come at a worse time. ...”

On Fri­day evening, up­set by re­ports that Kutty had not com­plied with his di­rec­tions, Ke­jri­wal sum­moned him and is­sued a state­ment af­ter­wards al­leg­ing, “The de­nial of the CS to or­der the in­quiry even af­ter be­ing asked by the CM for the same is a first of its kind in the demo­cratic his­tory of the coun­try. This makes it clear that the CS has the back­ing of the BJP-led Cen­tre and is sab­o­tag­ing Delhi gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to send re­lief to the peo­ple of Delhi by get­ting the fare hike in­quired into.”

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