Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday questioned the Centre’s spirit of cooperative federalism at the meeting of chief ministers during the Niti Aayog meet. Kejriwal also said his counterparts from other states had complained that the CBI was being “misused” and used for “arm-twisting.”
In a note that the Chief Minister’s office released hours after the meeting, Kejriwal said: “BJP government’s changes to the 2013 Land Acquisition Act through ordinances had nullified its gains, which was a product of years of protracted struggle and ‘unprecedented’ consultations. The BJP had then whole-heartedly supported the legislation with the current Speaker of Lok Sabha, the then chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee, openly supporting the provisions of this Act. However, the recent ordinances passed for amending this legislation have nullified all the gains of the 2013 Act,” he said.
He further said, “The notion that the 2013 legislation will result in cessation of development of this country is incorrect. Also, the argument that this will result in waste of time is flawed. On the contrary, if government tries to snatch the land from farmers, it will lead to litigation running into years,” he said.
“The ACB, which was being effectively used to curtail corruption in Delhi, has been captured by paramilitary forces. The elected government of Delhi and its CM cannot make any appointments…You cannot govern the country while sitting in Delhi and therefore the spirit of federalism is of utmost importance,” Kejriwal said.