Delhi Chief Secretary Alleges Assault At Arvind Kejriwal’s Home By 2 MLAs

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Delhi Chief Secretary Alleges Assault At Arvind Kejriwal’s Home By 2 MLAs

Anshu Prakash reportedly went straight to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s residence to complain about “misconduct and abuse” by the lawmakers, including Amanatullah Khan.

NEW DELHI: 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Anshu Prakash says he was attacked in the presence of Arvind Kejriwal
  2. He said he was “held in the collar” by lawmaker Amanatullah Khan
  3. AAP has called the allegations “ludicrous”

Delhi’s top bureaucrat has alleged that he was manhandled and abused at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s home by two lawmakers of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) late last night. Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleges he was attacked in the presence of Mr Kejriwal after being summoned for discussions on Aadhaar-related problems.

Mr Prakash reportedly went straight to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s residence to complain about “misconduct and abuse” by the lawmakers, including Amanatullah Khan, a controversial politician who has been in trouble with the law in the past. The officer says he was “held by his collar” and shouted at by Mr Khan.

The IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officers’ association has called an emergency meeting to discuss a response to what they call the assault on a bureaucrat. The officers’ body is reportedly demanding a police case against the Chief Minister and the two AAP lawmakers.

AAP has called the allegations “ludicrous” and accused the Chief Secretary of “refusing” to answer questions, declaring that he was answerable only to the Lieutenant Governor and no one else. The party said Mr Prakash had been called for discussions on the faulty implementation of Aadhaar, which, it said, has left 2.5 lakh families in Delhi deprived of food.
“He even used bad language against some MLAs and left without answering any questions,” said AAP.

“Now he is making ludicrous allegations, obviously…at BJP’s behest. If CS can make such wild allegations, one can imagine the kind of obstacles that are being created in AAP government’s work by BJP through the officers,” the party said.

Mr Kejriwal’s party also accused the BJP of “stooping very low”.

Ties between AAP and Delhi bureaucrats have been strained in the backdrop of an incessant tussle over who controls the capital. AAP accuses the Lieutenant Governor and bureaucrats of obstructing it at every turn on the orders of the BJP-led central government.

On this incident, the opposition Congress find itself on the same side as the BJP.

Congress leader Ajay Maken tweeted: “Kejriwal should apologise for this hooliganism which took place before him- AAP Govt is unable to deliver-Beating of Chief Secretary by MLAs in front of CM is another low & is aimed to divert attention from Govt failures! AAP does not know Governance and has failed miserably (sic)”

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