LG vs Kejriwal: Controversy over LG's alleged refusal to meet AAP ministers

New Delhi: The Lt. Governor's Office has denied charges by Delhi's Water Minister Kapil Mishra that the LG had refused to meet Mishra and Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday.

The Lt. Governor Office said in a statement that both the ministers had come without "either seeking prior appointment" from Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung or intimating him of their visit, to discuss the vector-borne disease situation.

"The Lt. Governor's office came to know of their visit only through the media gathered outside, who had prior intimation that they were going to visit the LG office," the statement said.

Lt. Governor's office stated that secretary to Jung met the ministers since the Lt. Governor's office is operational on all days of the week.

"However, they neither submitted any letter nor gave any representation to the Lt. Governor," it said.

The LG office also accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government of politicising the issue.

"It is regrettable that at a time when Delhi is facing such a serious public health crisis, the elected government is choosing to politicise the issue instead of providing succour to the public," the statement said.

The statement added that LG office is keeping a close watch on the health situation in Delhi and is getting regular updates on the situation from the officials.

Earlier, Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra had alleged that LG had "refused" to meet him and Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

Mishra said that he along with Jain had gone to meet the LG after Jung onFriday night asked Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to immediately return to Delhi from Finland.

"We thought there must be some urgency that is why LG sent a fax to Manishji yesterday (Friday) asking him to return immediately. So we went to meet him to know about the issue. But when we reached his office, we were apprised that he won't be coming to office astoday (Saturday) being a weekend day.

"When we contacted him on phone, Jung told Satyendar Jain that he was not at home too and could not meet us. Today(Saturday) LG doesn't want to discuss work," Mishra alleged.

Asked if he had taken appointment before meeting the LG, Mishra said: "We cannot wait for the appointment when such an outbreak of vector borne disease is in Delhi."

He alleged that the Lt. Governor "blocked" his number and was not taking his calls.

Jain reiterated the same thing, and said, "LG refused to talk on the issue of fax sent to Manish Sisodia by his office yesterday (Friday)."

Sisodia is in Finland on a tour to study the education framework there to improve the standard of education in Delhi government schools.

Sisodia on Friday denied he was holidaying in Finland, saying India needed to learn a "lot from their education system, the best in the world".