Kejriwal hits out at Delhi chief secy for disobedience
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.”