With President’s rule imposed in Delhi on Monday, Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung has become the direct administrator of the National Capital Territory. While he can appoint a group of advisers, who essentially act as a council of ministers, the L-G is unlikely to do so, sources said.
“The Lt-Governor feels the daily functioning of the government can be handled without appointing a council of ministers. At most, two to three officials of IAS or DANICS rank may be appointed to ensure better coordination between the L-G’s secretariat and the Delhi Secretariat,” a source said.
Meanwhile, the chief secretary met the Lt-Governor on Monday along with other senior government officials. Sources in the L-G’s office said it was a regular meeting, which takes place every Monday.
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The L-G is expected to hold a meeting of all heads of departments on Tuesday. “The heads of departments are expected to apprise the Lt-Governor on decisions taken by the AAP government in the 49 days it was in power. Also, the future course of action will be discussed,” the source said.
Earlier, files related to policy decisions used to be forwarded to the L-G, but now all files relating to the functioning of the government will have to go through him. “All decisions taken in the Cabinet in the last 49 days will have to be studied by the L-G’s office to ascertain whether they had the required financial clearance and were within the framework of existing laws,” an official said.
According to the Constitution, President’s rule cannot last beyond six months. Sources said under President’s rule, there will be no major development work and it will just manage day-to-day affairs of the government. Moreover, powers of the legislature will be exercised by or under the authority of Parliament.
President’s rule was imposed after Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation as Chief Minister on Friday, hours after his government’s move to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill fell through in the state Assembly.
According to a statement issued by the L-G’s office, the President will now act through the Lt-Governor for administering the NCT.
A statement, issued by the L-G’s office on Monday, said, “The President of India, on the advice of the Union Cabinet, has imposed President’s rule in the National Capital Territory of Delhi under Article 239AB of the Constitution. The resignation of Arvind Kejriwal along with his council of ministers has been accepted by the President of India with immediate effect…”
The government is expected to get the notification regarding President’s rule in Delhi ratified by Parliament on Wednesday, a senior official said.