Meanwhile, a controversy has arisen regarding the cabinet reshuffle file. Government officials claim that the file is pending with the Lt. Governor, while the Lt. Governor’s office has denied this allegation.
Significantly, after the resignation of Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain, Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj were included in the cabinet in March. Atishi has the charge of power, education, art culture and language, tourism, higher education, training, technical education and public relations departments.
After this possible reshuffle in the cabinet, Atishi is likely to get charge of a total of 12 departments. At present, Finance, Planning and Revenue departments are with Kailash Gehlot. After the arrest and resignation of Sisodia in the case related to the Excise scam, the charge of Planning and Finance Department was handed over to Kailash Gehlot. Sisodia is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.
A government official said, “In the reshuffle of the cabinet, Atishi may get the charge of three departments, finance, planning and revenue.” He was recently given the charge of Public Relations Department on June 1, which was earlier held by Kailash Gehlot. Meanwhile, the AAP government has claimed that the cabinet reshuffle file has been with Lieutenant Governor V.K. Saxena is stuck for signature. However, the Lieutenant Governor’s office has denied the allegation.
A government source said on Thursday that the file for approving these changes is pending for the signature of the Lieutenant Governor for the last four days. Describing this change in the cabinet as ‘comprehensive’, the source said, “The file for approving these changes is with the Lieutenant Governor for the last four days.” His predecessor Anil Baijal used to clear such a file in half an hour.
However, sources in the Lieutenant Governor’s office dismissed the allegations and said that the file has been sent to the government after it was signed on Wednesday. However, dismissing the claim of the Lt Governor’s office, an AAP source said, “Let me make it clear that the Lt Governor has not given any approval to the cabinet reshuffle proposal.” It is a humble request that media should not believe in rumours.
He said, “If the Lieutenant Governor’s office is still adamant on this baseless claim, then it should produce the copy of the order or any other relevant evidence.”