Kejriwal, LG in tug of war over control of services continues

Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, July 7 : The confrontation between LG Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal still persists as the Central government has told Lieutenant Governor that the 2015 presidential order that kept ‘services’ out of the purview of the Delhi government continues to be valid after the Supreme Court ruling.

Kejriwal said he had asked for an appointment with Home Minister Rajnath Singh to “urge him to follow Hon’ble SC’s orders”. It is very dangerous, he tweeted, that the central government has advised the Lt Governor to ignore the part of the court order that restricted Raj Niwas’s powers to only three subjects.

Earlier on Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had alleged that the Narendra Modi government and BJP wanted to make sure that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is not allowed to do its work. The central government has denied these claims.

Arvind Kejriwal claimed in a press conference on Friday that the Centre and Lt Governor Anil Baijal were violating the apex court’s order by their refusal to give control of the Services department to the AAP-led Delhi state government.

“This is for the first time in the history of India that the Central government has openly refused to accept a Supreme Court ruling,” the Delhi CM said, adding that this was a recipe for “anarchy”

A constitution bench ruled on Wednesday that the lieutenant governor was bound by the “aid and advice” of the council of ministers and couldn’t act independently, the Delhi government had tried to reclaim its powers to appoint and transfer employees.

But bureaucrats in the services department stalled the order by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, saying one must wait till a two-judge bench had decided all specific Centre-Delhi disputes, as directed by the constitution bench, setting up a face-off between the BJP-ruled centre and the Aam Aadmi Party.

accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Haryana of neglecting farmers, and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to fulfil his promise of remunerative crop prices.

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