Delhi assembly goes into special session for Kejriwal’s rights

Normal session next month, HC rules in favour of Delhi CM

GN Bureau | May 26, 2015


#arvind kejriwal   #AAP   #assembly session   #aam aadmi party  


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is a man in hurry. Delhi assembly, which is slated to meet next month (June) is sitting on a special two-day session from today (Tuesday). The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government convened the emergency session amid a bitter fight between Kejriwal and lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung.

Only agenda for the 'emergency' Assembly session seems to be deliberations on the Central government's notification giving absolute powers to the LG in appointment of bureaucrats and issues of police and public order.

Officials said the session will deliberate on the gazette notification issued by the Centre as well as issues relating to sharing of power between the elected government and the LG.

"Legal opinions from noted constitutional expert KK Venugopal and former Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramanium were placed before the Cabinet and discussed in the meeting," the Chief Minister's office said.

The Cabinet also decided that depending on the requirement, the session can be extended further.

In the notification issued on Friday, the Centre gave absolute powers to the LG in appointment of bureaucrats while also clarifying that he need not "consult" the chief minister on subjects like police and public order.

The notification had also barred the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the Delhi government from registering any case against officers and political functionaries of the Central government.

However, in a victory for the Kejriwal government the Delhi High Court on Monday ruled that the ACB can act against Delhi Police officials. The High Court also noted that Lieutenant Governor of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi is bound to act upon the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers who are directly elected by the citizens of Delhi and the Centre's "executive fiat" siding with him is "suspect".

The assembly was originally scheduled to meet in June for the passage of budget.

On a day when the Delhi High Court vindicated the Aam Aadmi Party-led Government’s ubiquitous battle against corruption, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spilled the beans on the specifics of its anti-graft machinery at the Janta ki Cabinet organised here on Monday.

In the background of the government’s recent tussle with the Centre over the issue of appointments of bureaucrats was a controversial Ministry of Ministry of Home Affairs notification limiting the jurisdiction of its anti-graft body, the Anti-Corruption Branch declared in July, 2014.

Meanwhile, the AAP government on Monday listed 11 focus areas of its work on completion of 100 days in office.

The Aam Aadmi Party government, which is in a tussle with the central government over powers related to posting and transfer of senior officials, held a public meeting at Central Park in Connaught Place to mark its 100 days.

Listing the government's achievements, AAP leaders said they had ensured cheap power and water, brought down corruption significantly and ensured that the dwellings of the poor were not razed.

"We are not fighting with the centre, we want to work with them. But the BJP-led central government is imposing dictatorship in Delhi as they cannot digest the absolute majority of the AAP in elections," he claimed.

"We told the prime minister that you have majority in parliament and we have it in the assembly (Delhi). And it is a golden opportunity to give Delhi statehood, but this is dictatorship," Kejriwal said.

Comments

 

Other News

How inequality keeps rising amid pandemic – and is killing people

The world’s ten richest men more than doubled their fortunes from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion (at a rate of $15,000 per second or $1.3 billion a day) during the first two years of a pandemic while the incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall and over 160 million more people forced into poverty. A new

Vistadome coaches on Central Railways a hit with passengers

The Vistadome coaches on Central Railways have received an overwhelming response from passengers. Not only have they boosted tourism and registered an occupancy of 20,407 passengers but also clocked revenue of Rs.2.38 crore between October and December 2021.   The CSMT-Madgaon-CSMT Jansh

Omicron on relentless run: India records 2.68 lakh cases

India is once again caught in a spike of Covid-19 cases, with the highly transmittable omicron driving numbers. The total cases in the country continued to increase on Saturday, recording 2.68 lakh cases in 24 hours. India`s active caseload currently stands at 14,17,820 or 3.85%, while the r

Bill Gates, charity and the dilemma of already successful people

Mantra and the meaning of Success By Rajesh Talwar Bridging Borders, 288 pages Rajesh Talwar, who works as Deputy Legal Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan, has written 31 books, and on January 15 he is releasing one more. ‘

An inquisitive reader’s guide to Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas

Essence of the Fifth Veda By Gaurang Damani Divine Destination, 234 pages, Rs 350 ‘Veda’ literally means ‘knowledge’.

Humility: Going beyond binaries to deliver justice to tribals

Being Adivasi: Existence, Entitlements, Exclusion [Part of ‘Rethinking India’ series] Edited by Abhay Flavian Xaxa and G.N. Devy Penguin, xxvi+182 pages, Rs 699 ‘Being Adivasi: Existence, Entitlements, Exclusion’ (Penguin India), edited by

Visionary Talk: Farmer`s Agitation, Rakesh Tikait with Kailashnath Adhikari


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter