New Delhi: Giving much needed hope to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Supreme Court said, “An elected govt. should have some power to run, otherwise the government cannot function.” This gives hope and a defense line to the chief minister against his constant fight against Union Government and Lt. Governor.
Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung has kept a tight leash on Kejriwal government, going to the extent of reversing many of its decisions. The continued interference in governance has annoyed Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) officials. The Delhi CM has approached the apex court in this regard.
Aam Aadmi Party won a decisive victory in the assembly poll held around two years ago in February 2015. He won all but three seats out of total 60 assembly seats. Kejriwal shares an epic hostility with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, who is appointed by the centre to act as its representative. The Chief Minister says that any important decision taken by his government, including the appointment of senior bureaucrats, is negated by the Lieutenant Governor, who he accuses of acting as a stooge of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in undermining the Delhi government.
But the centre and the Lieutenant Governor say that because Delhi is not a state, Mr Jung has special powers and authorities, a line of argument accepted by the Delhi High Court which, in August, ruled against Mr Kejriwal. The court said that Mr Jung is the administrative head of the capital, which means that he has to sign off on government decisions.
It is needless to say that Kejriwal abhors this constant interference and undermining of his government. In July, the Chief Minister, in a video posted on YouTube, said Prime Minister Modi, envious of the Delhi government’s accomplishments, uses the Lieutenant Governor to exercise authority that should be vested only in an elected government. In a gonzo profession, Mr Kejriwal suggested the PM could “even have me eliminated.” The Chief Minister’s case will be next heard on January 18.