AAP government’s reading of Constitution leads to conflicts with Centre: Najeeb Jung

The Lieutenant Governor said that he was not bound by the advice of an elected government and takes decisions depending on the overall situation in the country.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 26, 2016 7:42 pm
Najeeb Jung, AAP government, AAP, constitution, Times Litfest, Delhi High Court, Arvind Kejriwal, news, latest news, India news, national news Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, who shares an embittered relationship with the AAP government, said the Constitution is clear in terms of Article 239 AA, which determines Delhi’s status and charts out its administrative hierarchy.

The AAP government’s reading of the Constitution in terms of Delhi’s status leads to conflicts with the Centre, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung said on Saturday. “The conflict will arise only when if you have a different understanding of the Constitution…I cannot interpret even a comma of the papers under the Constitution in front of me,” he said at the ‘Times Litfest’ in New Delhi.

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“Their (AAP) understanding of the Constitution was different from that of the court,” he said alluding to the August 4 verdict of the Delhi High Court that stamped the LG’s primacy as the city’s administrative head. Jung, who shares an embittered relationship with the AAP government, said the Constitution is clear in terms of Article 239 AA, which determines Delhi’s status and charts out its administrative hierarchy.

He said the Centre has a major say in criticial policy initiatives of Delhi pertaining to law and order, police, land and services, and that there are “caveats” on dealing with issues that fall outside the purview of these areas. The Lieutenant Governor said that he was not bound by the advice of an elected government and takes decisions depending on the overall situation in the country.

“…whatever the Delhi government approves should be examined by the Union to see if it falls in the broad policy of the Government of India. For that it comes to the LG and therefore the clear distinction here is that he needs an advice of the Council of Ministers in Delhi. He is not bound by that and will take decisions depending on the overall situation in the country,” Jung stated.

The Lt Governor added that he shared a “personal rapport” with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and that the latter “has always been good and a gentleman.”

“We never had any altercation,” Jung said.

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    Jeet
    Nov 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm
    Upa govt did well rather the Kejriwal govt, he always busy to involve in issues of w country. Kejriwal bhkt are forgetting that Mr. Modi has proved his good governance in Gujarat for 15 years and Mr. Kejriwal want everything in no time. Best of luck for kejri bhakt
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      Vikas Untunri
      Nov 26, 2016 at 10:53 pm
      Thank heavens India has Mr Jung to protect ordinary Indians from the predatory vultures and morally defunct AAPtards who think winning an election entires them to undermine the Indian consution.
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        Rohit
        Nov 26, 2016 at 10:26 pm
        Jung is a selfish guy who has not an iota of empathy for the people of Delhi. He, on behalf of Feku jumla babu, want to punish Delhi people for giving AAP a mive mandate. It is such a shame.
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          IML sood
          Nov 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm
          What more sane advice Aaptards need.Irony is Khujli is Khujli, a born cheater and liar proving the proverb 'little knowledge is dangerous thing'. A fluke chance in Delhi has made him arrogant,abusive and obstinate so he has started playing his antics like a joker dreaming to become a King without any rules and regulation what to speak of Consutional provisions.
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            Vihari Naidu
            Nov 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm
            And Najeeb Jung is not Supreme Court to interpret the consution either. He should not forget that the government that he is opposing is elected by people of Delhi and not nominated like him.
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              Ramesh Athavale
              Nov 26, 2016 at 5:20 pm
              Arvind and his AAP government have knowingly and willfully defied the consution to run the Delhi government in their own style and uming powers of a full fledged state.As a result,the poor Delhi citizens have suffered.
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