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Delhi CM vs L-G reaction HIGHLIGHTS: AAP celebrates, BJP asks party to shun statehood demand

Delhi CM vs L-G reaction HIGHLIGHTS: The five-judge bench headed by CJI Misra said that the L-G cannot act as an obstructionist and can refer issues to the President only in exceptional matters and not as a general rule.

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Delhi CM vs L-G reaction HIGHLIGHTS: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Putting an end to the power tussle in the national capital, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the Lieutenant Governor cannot act independently and must take the advise of the Council of Ministers. The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party which had challenged the Delhi High Court’s order holding the LG as the administrative head, hailed the apex court’s verdict, saying, “A big victory for the people of Delhi…a big victory for democracy…”

The five-judge bench headed by CJI Misra said that the L-G cannot act as an obstructionist and can refer issues to the President only in exceptional matters and not as a general rule.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Here are reactions to the SC verdict on Delhi CM vs Delhi L-G

Arvind Kejriwal held a cabinet meeting to discuss critical projects which were blocked so far

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says, "Todays verdict reinforces people’s faith in judiciary"

The SC verdict it is totally applicable for the government of Puducherry too: CM V Narayanasamy

"I welcome the verdict, and it is totally applicable for the government of Puducherry which is also a Union Territory," Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy told reporters.

He is engaged in a running feud with Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi, Narayanasamy hailed the Supreme Court judgement on the powers of an elected government, and insisted it was "totally applicable" to the Union Territory too. The veteran Congress leader warned he would file a contempt petition if the LG failed to act in accordance with the apex court verdict.

Rights of elected governments cannot be usurped: Left parties on SC verdict

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, welcomed the Supreme Court verdict, saying the apex court verdict had brought the misuse of power by the LGs and governors into "sharp" focus. "The role of LGs and Governors and their misuse has been brought into sharp focus by today's judgment. BJP's charade of cooperative federalism and in reality destroying our federal structure is condemnable. LGs/Governors cannot usurp rights of an elected state government (sic)," he said.

The Left parties had been protesting for long against the governors undermining the rights of the elected governments in various states. Read more here

Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said, 'SC ruling on Delhi, not a vindication for AAP'

“There is no room for absolutism and there is no room for anarchism also,” the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling pronounced by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. Dikshit, who was the chief minister of Delhi from 1998-2013, said her government may have had differences with the LG, but there was never any “tussle”.

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Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said, 'SC ruling on Delhi, not a vindication for AAP'

“There is no room for absolutism and there is no room for anarchism also,” the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling pronounced by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. Dikshit, who was the chief minister of Delhi from 1998-2013, said her government may have had differences with the LG, but there was never any “tussle”.

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SC judgement is available with the ministry and action will be taken after due deliberation: Home Ministry spokesperson

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Jaising hails SC verdict as 'victory of people of Delhi and spirit of Constitution'

Stalin welcomes SC verdict

DMK working president M K Stalin welcomes SC verdict, says Governors in others states should act keeping this judgment in mind. 

Delhi BJP welcomes SC verdict, says AAP should shun full statehood demand

"We welcome the SC verdict. The Delhi government should have been following the law even without the order of the court. We hope, they will do so after the judgement," BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said.

Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said the verdict has "decided" that Delhi is a Union Territory and the AAP should stop raising their "political demand" for full statehood to the city. "It is now decided that Delhi is a UT. So, the AAP and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should stop raising the full statehood demand."

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LG, CM stop blame game and develop Delhi as Congress did: Ajay Maken

Celebrations at AAP office

No more anarchy, follow Constitution and work for Delhi: Manoj Tiwari to Kejriwal

BJP's Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari took a jibe against Arvind Kejriwal saying that he can longer rule in anarchy. "Start following the constitution and work for the betterment of Delhiites," he wrote on Twitter.

BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli also slammed AAP for terming SC verdict as a "victory" for their party. Adding that the main demand if statehood has been rejected by the Centre, Kohli said, "Don't understand how Delhi govt is claiming this to be a victory? Their main plank was that this is a state whereas Court has unequivocally said its not a state. They said they had exclusive executive control that was rejected too. This is a UT, Centre has a role to play."

People's voice strongest in Democracy: AAP leader Gopal Rai on SC verdict

Judiciary has strengthened the pillars of democracy: AAP leader Sanjay Singh

Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said that the verdict has showed that the country ill run on people's vote and not on whims and fancies of few. "The judiciary has strengthened the pillars of democracy," he wrote on Twitter. 

Kejriwal calls forCabinet meeting today

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for a Cabinet meeting today at his residence to discuss projects that "were blocked so far."

Subramanian Swamy on SC verdict

SC verdict shows that people of Delhi are supreme: Manish Sisodia

Reacting to the verdict, Manish Sisodia added, 'We are reading the judgment but the SC has said that people of Delhi are supreme, power can't be with one person and needs to be with the people of Delhi.' The 'operative part', he said was that the apex court had clarified that there were only three reserved subjects: police, public order and land. 'There are no other reserved subjects. The Central government had made Services a reserved subject as well,' he said.

Thank you Supreme Court, says AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadda

AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadda on the verdict

No conflict with LG when Congress was in power in Delhi: Sheila Dikshit

Former chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit said that the unique nature of Delhi makes it necessary for state government and LG to work together. She, however, added that no conflict between the parties had taken place when the Congress was in power for 15 years. "I think what SC has said is very clear. As per Article 239 (AA) of the Constitution, Delhi is not a state,it is a UT. If Delhi Govt&LG don't work together then Delhi will face problems. Congress ruled Delhi for 15 years, no conflict took place then," she said, reported ANI. 

Daily squabble not good for democracy, says Soli Sorabjee

"It's a good verdict by Supreme Court. LG and Delhi Govt have to work harmoniously, can't always have a confrontation. Daily squabbles are not good for democracy. I welcome the decision," Soli Sorabjee, former Attorney General of India said. 

Manish Sisodia welcomes SC verdict, thanks people of Delhi

Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia said the Supreme Court has made an important decision today, and extended his gratitude to the people of Delhi. "67/3 was a historical decision of the public of Delhi, today the Hon Supreme Court has made another important decision. I thank the public of Delhi for this decision in which the Hon'ble Court has told the public to be the Supreme," he said. "The LG doesn't have the right to do things as per his wish and hinder the projects of Delhi government," he said, adding that AAP's demand for full statehood will continue. Read his entire statement here.

Big Victory for Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal welcomed the judgment. "A big victory for the people of Delhi...a big victory for democracy...," he wrote on Twitter

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