AAP ministers Kapil Mishra and Satyendar Jain on 17 September went to meet Lt Governor Najeeb Jung at his office following his fax to Deputy CM Manish Sisodia to return from Finland. However, the meeting did not materialise as Jung was not in his office, triggering a fresh row between the two sides.
"It appears he is not in a mood to work today," Mishra, the tourism and culture minister said taking a jibe at Jung. But the LG's office retorted that it was operational all seven days of the week and the ministers did not seek prior appointment even as it accused the AAP government of politicising the issue when the city was grappling with a health crisis.
Jung on Friday asked Sisodia to return to Delhi immediately from Finland, where he was on a study tour, in view of a sudden spurt in Dengue and Chikungunya cases in the national capital.
The ministers waited outside the LG's office and said no appointment was sought to meet the Lt Governor as he had sent an "urgent" fax to the deputy chief minister and they thought Jung must have something important to talk about.
"The LG has sent an urgent fax to Deputy CM Sisodia so we thought there may be some emergency and we both came to meet him but he is not in the office."
"We were told that it's off today and he does not sit in the office. We called him but he is also not at his home. It appears he is not in a mood to work today," Mishra said.
Hitting back, the LG's office said the Lt Governor was made aware of their visit only through the media.
"Secretary to the Lt Governor met the Ministers as 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," the LG's office said in a statement.
Mishra, however, said that as Delhi is grappling with Dengue and Chikungunya they did not wait for an appointment to meet Jung.
"We thought perhaps Jung Saheb has found some very good idea to fight the diseases that he wanted to share with Sisodia. So we came running to meet him as we are working on Saturday and Sunday also."
The Lt Governor's office said that 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 Lt Governor's office is keeping a close watch on the health situation in Delhi and is getting regular updates on the situation from the Chief Secretary and Secretary (Health)," the LG's office said.
Jain said he talked to Jung over phone but he was not available for meeting.
"I called on his number but he is not available. When I asked him about his fax to Sisodia, he said he did not want to talk about it," Delhi's health minister, Jain said.
"Went to LG office. Asked on phone if anything urgent as he faxed yty to recall deputy CM. Ans: nothing urgent to discuss, no time today," Jain tweeted.
Refuting the allegation of the Opposition that he is "holidaying" in Finland, Sisodia yesterday said it was not a "sin" to study the schooling system of other countries to fix the problems in Delhi's education system.