The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday passed a resolution asking for powers to be able to impeach the Delhi Lieutenant Governor. The resolution was passed on the first day of an emergency two-day session of the Delhi Assembly called following a bitter spat between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung over the appointment of bureaucrats in the national capital.
In what could further escalate the turf war between Kejriwal and the Centre, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday introduced a resolution in the Assembly challenging a Home Ministry (MHA) notification that curbed Delhi government’s various powers. n the first day of special two-day Assembly session, Sisodia introduced a motion against the Centre’s notification which was adopted by the assembly.
The government will arrive at a decision on whether to challenge the notification in court after discussions in the assembly. The government is also going to pass a resolution against the decree. “Our most important achievment is to curb corruption. Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) has worked very efficiently in last few months. We have caught many persons. ACB is also investigating many issues. So it seems that central govt is not happy with the works of delhi government on corruption issue,” Sisodia said addressing the house.
Earlier, in a notification, the central government made it clear that Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung will have the last word in deciding transfers and postings of bureaucrats in Delhi. The notification has brought things to a head with the Centre and the Arvind Kejriwal government being in direct confrontation.
AAP insists that an elected government in Delhi cannot be overlooked in key decisions, even though the Lieutenant Governor, who reports to the Centre, controls land and law and order. Kejriwal accuses the ruling BJP of trying to control Delhi with three legislators in the 70-member state assembly. AAP has 67 MLAs in the assembly.
MHA keeping a close watch
Meanwhile, MHA sources said that the ministry has no problem with recent transfers made by Kejriwal government. The Center is also examining legal advises taken by Delhi government and contemplating all possible steps.