New Delhi, July 4: Hailing the Supreme Court ruling that the Lt Governor is bound to act on the aid and advice by the Council of Ministers, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it is a big victory for democracy.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has been engaged in a dragging legal maze with the Lt Governor demanding better and free administrative and governing powers.
“A big victory for the people of Delhi… a big victory for democracy,” Kejriwal tweet.
Calling the verdict a “landmark judgement”, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that from now on the Delhi government would run smoothly.
“Now Delhi government will not have to send their files to LG for approval, now work will not be stalled. This is a big win for the people of Delhi.
“Powers are restored back to Delhi. This verdict stands against the whimsicality of the LG. I thank the Supreme Court — it’s a big win for democracy,” Sisodia asserted.
Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues including Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and others staged a nine-day sit-in protest at Raj Niwas, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office-cum-residence last month, to press demands.
Their demands were a direction to IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their “strike”, action against officers who have struck work for “four months” and a nod to his government’s proposal for doorstep delivery of ration.
The AAP government moved the high court in August 2016 alleging obstruction in its functioning by the Lt Governor. The high court, however, ruled in favour of the Lt Governor, calling him the “administrator of Delhi”.
Following this, Kejriwal then approached the apex court.