The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will seek the support of like-minded political parties to counter the BJP-led Central government’s “dictatorial” ordinance on the control of services in Delhi, Punjab Chief Minister and senior AAP leader Bhagwant Mann said on Tuesday.
Talking to newsmen in Chandigarh after flagging off 98 emergency response vehicles for the Punjab Police, Bhagwant Mann accused the Centre of trying to infringe upon the rights of individual states and claimed that by promulgating a “dictatorial” ordinance it wants to supress the duly-elected government in Delhui.
Mann said that AAP will seek support from political parties across the country in a bid to stall the ordinance in the Rajya Sabha.
On Friday, the Central government promulgated an Ordinance to form a National Capital Civil Service Authority to handle the transfers of IAS and DANICS cadre officers and also matters of disciplinary proceedings against them.
The BJP-led Centre’s ordinance essentially circumvented last week’s Supreme Court order which gave the control over services, excluding those related to police, public order, and land, to the elected government in Delhi.
On Monday, the AAP asked all non-BJP parties to unite and help defeat the bill in the Upper House of the Parliament.
Terming it “agni pariksha” (trial by fire), the AAP urged all Opposition parties to come together and to save the country’s democracy and Constitution.
On May 11, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led dispensation, stating that the AAP regime has legislative and executive power over services— including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), except law and order, police and land—and the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) is duty-bound to comply with the elected government’s decision in this matter.
The Delhi government scored a major victory today in its arduous power-struggle with the BJP-ruled Centre as the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led dispensation, stating that the AAP regime has legislative and executive power over services— including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), except law and order, police and land—and the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) is duty-bound to comply with the elected government’s decision in this matter.
In a unanimous verdict, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Apex court which comprises of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud along with Justices MR Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli and P S Narasimha, ruled that the Delhi government must have control over services and the Lieutenant Governor is bound by its decision.
The bench observed that the Union Territory of Delhi has ‘sui generis’ (unique) character and has legislative and executive power over services and stated that if a democratically elected government’s responsibility towards the legislature and the electorate becomes diluted if it was denied control over its officers and the power to hold them to account.
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