The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has finally decided to intervene in the tussle between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung. The Ministry is all set to amend a 1997 notification issued by the then BJP state government and come up with a new one, which will do away with the ambiguities that has led to confusion in delegation of work between the two administration wings.
The notification is likely to be in consonance with the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi Act, 1991, which clearly states that the L-G is the “administrative head.”
Sources said the notification has been prepared after reading all the existing notifications and the NCT Act. It will be issued once it receives “political clearance”.
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To assert his point that files pertaining to central subjects like police, public order and land should be sent to him and not through the L-G, Kejriwal in one of his letters had quoted Rule 45 of the Transaction of Business of the Government of NCT of Delhi Rules, 1993.
The Rule says, “…The L-G, in respect of matters connected with public order, police and land, shall exercise his executive functions to the extent delegated to him by the President, in consultation with chief minister….” The notification was issued during the tenure of Sahib Singh Verma.
Government sources said this notification ought to be amended as it was creating unnecessary friction between the two wings.
“The then BJP government had issued the notification when United Front was in power at the Centre. The notification was never used adversely after the Congress came to power both in Delhi and the Centre,” a senior official said.