Arvind Kejriwal must surrender AAP office, says LG Anil Baijal after cancelling allotment of land for party use

Zeeshan Shaikh
The decision taken by LG Anil Baijal comes after a committee said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his government have cleared policies and implemented decisions without following the process required for the capital.

New Delhi, April 7: Ahead of MCD Polls, the Aam Aadmi Party has been ordered to surrender its office in Delhi, where it is serving a second term in power. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has reportedly cancelled the land allotted to the party for last three years and used by the AAP as its headquarter. The decision taken by LG Anil Baijal comes after a committee said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his government have cleared policies and implemented decisions without following the process required for the capital, which is controlled by the centre.

VK Shunglu, a former national auditor general headed a three-member committee and after examining hundreds of files and decisions revealed that Arvind Kejriwal’s government had failed to consult the Lieutenant Governor for important decisions on subjects on which, by law, he must be consulted.

On the other side the AAP said that ahead of Delhi’s Municipal Corporation Elections, a spurt of controversies are being generated to slander the party. The MCD Polls will be held on April 23, and the results will be declared on April 26. For Arvind Kejriwal, the MCD Polls is the biggest opportunity as it will serve a mid-term test for his popularity.

In 2015, Arvind Kejriwal has resigned in just 19 days and was later re-elected with a landslide majority by losing only three seats. Since Arvind Kejriwal has emerged as a big leader because the BJP which is in power at the centre had lost the capital a year after the party had won in the general elections.

The committee headed by VK Shunglu was formed by the former LG, Najeeb Jung, who had held several confrontations with Arvind Kejriwal’s administration. The Shunglu committee also indicated that Arvind Kejriwal’s administration has lots of issues.

The committee recently said that the decision to allot the land to the AAP where the party has also build its headquarters should be considered as “null and void”. Najeeb Jung who had recently stepped down had also predicted that Arvind Kejriwal could also face “criminal charges” over irregularities exhumed by the committee.

Earlier this month, LG Anil Baijal ordered AAP to reimburse the government 97 crores for an advertisement that allegedly violated Supreme Court guidelines to promote the Chief Minister and his government. The decision was taken on the recommendations of another committee which has examined the entire issue. Meanwhile, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal has said that the committee is biased because it was set up by the central government.