Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused Baijal of “selectively” implementing the Supreme Court judgment, while Baijal reiterated that the government’s interpretation was “erroneous”and that Kejriwal was “selectively” quoting from his letter.
Kejriwal also urged LG Anil Baijal to implement the apex court’s order in letter and spirit and asserted that the Ministry of Home Affairs does not have powers to interpret the order.
The matter of services, including transfer and postings of Delhi government bureaucrats, are so far under the LG’s jurisdiction.
The Centre has advised L-G Baijal to maintain his control on services unless the regular bench of the apex court rules on the 2015 notification by the Ministry of Home Affairs — that authorised him to decide on transfers and postings of bureaucrats in the Delhi government.
“It is a PWD project. The L-G took the decision when he was still under the impression that he was the constitutional authority. But after the SC order, the report doesn’t stand. The government is free to reject the report, Saurabh Bhardwaj said.
Subsequently, Delhi CM announced that the budget to construct roads and sewer network in all unauthorised colonies will be sanctioned in the next 15 days. The government had set aside around Rs 1,500 crore for this purpose in the 2018-19 budget.
The development works will be speeded up now in unauthorised colonies for providing roads, drains and sewerage, he said before embarking on the spot inspection.
Delhi CM vs L-G: The Centre Friday said it would be against the law to take a final view on the Services matter since it was still pending before the top court.
“This standoff is not between the L-G and Kejriwal but it is Kejriwal versus PM Narendra Modi,” said Shiv Sena, adding that Modi could have reined the government-appointed L-G.
During the meeting between Baijal and Kejriwal on Friday, the L-G agreed that Cabinet decisions no longer needed his consent. Services, however, was a different matter.
The ‘Delhi Rules for Regulation of CCTV Camera Systems in NCT of Delhi, 2018’, drafted by a committee chaired by Principal Secretary (Home) Manoj Parida, was submitted to Baijal last week.
Supreme Court judgment will enhance the AAP government’s appeal in Delhi, especially among poor.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sought time from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while accusing Centre of advising LG to ignore Supreme Court’s order limiting his powers to three subjects in the NCT.
Claiming that this was the first time in history that the Centre had openly refused to abide by a Supreme Court order, Kejriwal said the move might lead to anarchy in the country.
Lt Governor Anil Baijal had objected to the Delhi government’s ambitious proposal of doorstep delivery of rations and asked the AAP dispensation to consult the Centre before executing it.