With Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal away attending a Vipassana course in Dharamsala, his deputy Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government did not agree with the judgment of the Delhi High Court. “This is not a battle of the Lieutenant Governor versus the Chief Minister. This is a battle of ‘we the people’. It is a battle between the selected and the elected,” said Sisodia.
He said Delhi has had a legislature since 1993. “It was ruled by the Congress for 15 years and the BJP for five years. And suddenly, a new party came into power with a thumping majority. Why did people choose a new party? Only the previous governments can say how things were running smoothly during their time. The people of Delhi were aggrieved but the governments were very happy,” said the deputy Chief Minister.
Sisodia said Delhi has a “special status” because it is a Union Territory with a legislature, according to the 69th Amendment. He said the Right to Education Act, 2009, differentiates between a Union Territory and a Union Territory with legislature.
“We respect the decision of the High Court and I understand that the court arrived at its decision after examining various aspects of the matter. But we disagree with the view of the court. We will be moving the Supreme Court soon,” said Sisodia.
“This is a big question for a democracy. If ‘we the people’ has no value, then where will people go if they have already chosen their MLAs? To the Lt Governor? To the Centre?” he asked.
Sisodia also said the alleged 2002 CNG fitness scam and the DDCA scam needed to be probed for alleged irregularities.
Meanwhile, Delhi government officials said that while Kejriwal was going to return only after completing his 10-day Vipassana course, he had anticipated such a decision from the High Court. “He had already strategised about moving the Supreme Court,” said a government official.