The Delhi High Court on Thursday told the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor is not required to act on the advice of the Delhi cabinet. This comes as a blow Arvind Kejriwal’s bid to corner more executive powers into the Delhi CM’s office. The Delhi government has said it would appeal against the Delhi HC ruling in the Supreme Court.
High court today has ruled in favor of the LG in Delhi, stating article 239aa of the constitution clarifying that LG is the Supreme Administrative Head for Delhi. LG is the supreme administrative power and is not bound by Delhi cabinet. The Delhi government cannot bypass the LG and all the decisions need to go through the LG. The Delhi government will now approach the Supreme Court.
The AAP had filed a total of nine petitions in the Delhi HC, contending that the power to make appointments and issue instructions did not rest with the LG, but with the Delhi CM. The petitions had risen out of a series of clashes between LG Najeeb Jung and the Delhi government.
The Delhi government had argued that in a democratic set up there cannot be two reporting authorities. The Centre however had contended that as a Union Territory, Delhi was not a fully fledged state, and that control over its government rests in the hands of the Union Home Ministry.
This comes as a major setback for the Kejriwal Government and all the hard hitting argument he made against the Centre and LG. And can be considered as another Psychological loss for him
No wonder Kejriwal took a sabbatical from his work and has gone away for a 10-day long hiatus to the hills. Maybe everything got too much with him. Our sympathies are with the AAP Government.