Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal can't nominate people who do not hold office: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal can't nominate people who do not hold office: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Union minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday raised an objection against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's decision to nominate Aam Aadmi Party leaders as board members in DMRC.

A tug of war continues between the Centre and Delhi Government over members nominated by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Board of Directors.

Union minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday raised an objection against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's decision to nominate Aam Aadmi Party leaders as board members in DMRC.

While paying tribute to late Sheila Dikshit, Hardeep Singh Puri cited an instance of conflict over the appointment of board members to the DMRC. He countered the AAP's statement about former Delhi Chief Minister and BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana being the DMRC's first chairman,

"When Sheila ji was the chief minister in 2003, she wrote a letter to the then prime minister on the appointment of Madan Lal Khurana as a member DMRC board."

Sheila Dikshit's letter had quoted the Krishna Menon committee on state's undertaking. The committee had said that although Dikshit doesn't have a problem with the appointment, the "overwhelming right should be against appointing members of parliament."

On this, Madan Lal Khurana had written back to her stating that "the Central govt had nominated me as chairman, I served it and I tender my resignation."

"At that time, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had said that MPs should not serve on DMRC and that he wants even those who are not MPs or MLAs to serve on the board," said Hardeep Singh Puri.

Another reference point was clarified by Union secretary Durga Shankar Mishra who referred to the time when Arvind Kejriwal pointed at how the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members were nominated as board members.

The Delhi government has nominated AAP leader Atishi, Raghav Chhaddha, AAP MP Naveen Gupta's son ND Gupta and Delhi Dialogue Development Corporation (DDC) Vice Chairperson Jasmine Shah as representative from the state government for DMRC Board.

While opposing and calling it as against the rules and regulations, the Centre had asked Delhi Government to withdraw the nominees from the AAP as directors of DMRC board.

Further citing the guidelines of Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) urged the Government to nominate bureaucrats of the Delhi government.