How did the current crisis begin?
It is solely the creation of the Governor. I was the happiest person when he was appointed Governor because he is from Assam and we thought we would be able to solve our long pending inter-state boundary issues. But from day one, he’s been after my government. He has been trying to set up a BJP government here.
Do you enjoy a majority in the House?
Yes. With the disqualification of 16 legislators, the effective strength of the House is only 44. Of these, 26 MLAs are with me and my government. That itself proves I enjoy a majority. Yes, some MLAs have been working against the party and government. In fact, these MLAs have neither attended CLP meetings nor party meetings. That way, they have voluntarily given up their Congress membership.
You have accused the Governor of acting unconstitutionally.
He has been flouting the Constitution at almost every step. His decision to advance the assembly session from January 14 to December 16 is unconstitutional and illegal. He does not consult or take my cabinet into confidence.
You have also accused him of interfering with your government.
He summons ministers and officers at will. Every time I call up a senior officer, he says he is at Raj Bhavan. Even junior officers at the police station level are not spared. He orders inquiries into anything that comes to his mind. Now he is also interfering with the functioning of the legislative assembly. He was constitutionally correct when he summoned the assembly session on January 14. But he is wrong in preponing it to December 16. What he claims to be his power, under Article 175, is for summoning the House for a Bill, not for taking up a resolution.
He has been after my government since day one. It is the Governor who is encouraging a section of legislators to revolt against me. He has been doing it at the behest of the BJP government at the Centre. Every time he goes to Delhi, he meets top BJP leaders and comes back with new ideas to embarrass my government. He is knowingly and intentionally trying to harass my government.
The Governor has alleged corruption, breakdown in law and order, financial mismanagement.
If he has seen corruption, he should take steps to check it. There are so many government agencies to find out whether corruption has taken place in my government. There are so many central government agencies, as also third party monitoring of centrally-sponsored schemes. Have they pointed out anything?
The Deputy Speaker held an assembly session in a makeshift venue.
The legislative assembly is not child’s play that you can do anything with it. How can you hold the so-called session one day in a community hall, the next day in a hotel room? Can you think of a Lok Sabha session being held under a tent at Jantar Mantar?