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Kejriwal-LG meet on Friday called off for 3rd time in a row

September 01, 2022 19:23 IST

Amid escalating tensions between the AAP dispensation and the Lieutenant Governor's office, the weekly meeting of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and LG V K Saxena will not be held this Friday, the third time in a row.

IMAGE: Vinai Kumar Saxena, left, greets Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after taking oath as the 22nd lieutenant governor of Delhi, at Raj Niwas, New Delhi, May 26, 2022. Photograph: Rahul Singh/ANI Photo

This is the fourth time in around one-and-a-half-months that Kejriwal will not be attending the meeting.

A statement cited Kejriwal's two-day visit to Gujarat as the reason behind his unavailability for the meeting.


"The weekly meeting of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena will not be held tomorrow. The meeting of the CM & LG has been put off for this Friday owing to the CM's two-day visit to Gujarat starting tomorrow (Friday)," the statement said.

It said Kejriwal will be addressing a public meeting in Gujarat's Dwarka on September 2 and taking part in a town hall meeting in Surendranagar the next day.

Saxena and Kejriwal regularly meet every Friday to discuss matters pertaining to Delhi's development.

However, the meeting last week on August 26 was called off owing to the special session of Delhi assembly. The August 19 meeting was also not held.

On July 22 too, Kejriwal had skipped the meeting after a CBI probe was recommended by Saxena into alleged violations of rules and procedural lapses in implementation of the Excise Policy 2021-22.

The CBI raided 31 places including the residence of deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia last month and also named him as accused in irregularities in Delhi excise policy 2021-22.

The LG had also asked a report from the chief secretary on "inordinate delay of 2.5 years" in acting on CVC report on irregularities in construction of classrooms in Delhi government schools.

On the other hand, the AAP has been accusing Saxena of a "scam of Rs 1400 crore", which the party MLAs claimed, was committed allegedly during his tenure as Khadi and Village Industries Commission chairman in 2016. The AAP legislators have also demanded a CBI probe in the matter.

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