Delhi: Kejriwal blames LG for deaths due to cold, says he appointed 'useless officer'

Kejriwal added that he was issuing a show-cause notice to the CEO of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board.  Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 08, 2018, 11.54 AM (IST)

The media has reported that 44 homeless people have died in Delhi this winter.

On Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for the deaths, saying he had appointed a "useless officer".  

"LG refuses to consult us before appointing officers," Kejriwal said, adding, "How do we run (a) government like this?"

Kejriwal compared the 44 deaths this year to the "negligible deaths" last year, and added that he was issuing a show-cause notice to the CEO of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). 

"Media reporting 44 deaths of homeless due to cold. Am issuing show cause notice to CEO, DUSIB. Negligible deaths last year. This year, LG appointed a useless officer. LG refuses to consult us before appointing officers. How do we run govt like this?" Kejriwal tweeted on Monday. 

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Delhi's AAP government and the LG have been in a long-running feud. 

The AAP's main bone of contention is that they are an "elected" government but the LG, who is "appointed" by the Centre, gets the last word on most schemes and ideas.  

The LG had most recently squashed the Delhi government's proposal to home-deliver over 40 government services including caste and birth certificates, pensions, and social welfare schemes.