14 June, 2021

Bill It To The L-G, Please

BJP ramps up battle for Delhi with contentious legislation, AAP caught on the wrong foot

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has always argued that the L-G prevents his government from performing its duties
Photograph by PTI
Bill It To The L-G, Please

In July 2018, a five-judge ­Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court emphatically decided that Delhi’s “Lieutenant Governor has not been entrusted with any independent decision-making power” and has to “either act on the aid and advice of the council of ministers or he is bound to implement the decision taken by the President on a reference being made by him.” As it turns out now, the 2018 judgment in the Government of NCT of Delhi v. Union of India was a pyrrhic victory for Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Since assuming the role of the nat­ional capital territory’s top executive in 2015, Kejriwal had routinely argued that Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor—nominated by the Centre—prevented his government from performing its day-to-day duties citing ambiguities in the Constitution over the separation of powers between the NCT’s elected head and nominated administrator. Following a three-year-long legal battle, the unanimous apex court judgment had finally brought clarity over the constitutional...

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