Arvind Kejriwal to meet LG as Power Tussle continues in Delhi

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New Delhi, July 6 :Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia will meet Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Friday to discuss the Supreme Court verdict on Delhi.

The meeting will take place at 3 pm.This will be the first meeting between the chief minister and the lieutenant governor after the apex court order on power tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre.

Kejriwal had suggested the meeting to resolve their differences on the implications of the Supreme Court verdict.

Following the order, the chief minister  warned officers of “serious consequences” if they did not comply with the city government’s directive on transfers and postings.

The relationship between the AAP dispensation and bureaucrats strained further over its transfer and posting order.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the government was consulting lawyers to chart the future course of action including filing contempt petition, against those who refused to comply with the directive, an official said.

In a terse letter to Anil Baijal,Kejriwal stated “LG’s concurrence would now not be required on any matter.”

In the letter, Kejriwal said: “I wish to bring to your kind notice two specific issues adjudged by Hon’ble Supreme Court — LG’s ‘concurrence’ would now not be required on any matter and executive powers related to ‘services’ lie with the Council of Ministers.

On Wednesday, a Constitution Bench of the apex court had ruled that decisions of the elected government of Delhi do not require the concurrence of the L-G.

The Delhi government also explored legal options, including filing contempt petition, against those who refused to comply with the directive, an official said.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Lt Governor has limited administrative powers and is bound by the “aid and advice” of the elected government. The Lt Governor was also advised that he must not be “obstructionist”.

Hailing the Apex court ruling, Kejriwal tweeted “A big victory for the people of Delhi… a big victory for democracy,” Kejriwal tweeted.

The apex court also observed that neither the state nor the L-G should feel lionized, but realise they are serving Constitutional obligations. “There is no space for absolutism or anarchy in our Constitution,” the SC stated.

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