KK Sharma was the second choice of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh to appoint him if the ministry could not approve Ramesh Negi, Kejriwal’s first choice for the post.
The AAP government also conveyed to the Home Ministry that it came to power after a historic mandate from people of Delhi and the Centre should extend all possible cooperation to it to realise people’s expectations.
Sources in the Delhi Government said as Negi is currently serving as Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh, why should there be any difficulty for the Centre to assign the same responsibility to him in Delhi.
Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday and requested him to appoint Negi as the chief secretary.
In its letter, the Delhi government rejected the Home Ministry’s argument and requested it to respect its choice.
The Union Home Ministry makes key bureaucratic appointments in Delhi government as the city is a Union Territory.