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Delhi LG must withdraw his request

It refers to the media-reports about Delhi Lt Governor writing to officers in Delhi government for not taking assembly-questions relating to reserved subjects directly under jurisdiction of Lt Governor regarding police, land, services etc. Such a directive is not justified because simply asking questions in assembly in no manner dilutes rights of exclusivity of Lt Governor on these subjects. State-legislatures are representatives of people, and even Lt Governor and his office should realise that these authorities should also be accountable to people of Delhi and also through their representatives if not to political rulers of Delhi.

Lt Governor should withdraw the said letter and should rather induce some mechanism so that administratively appointed Lt Governor and his office may be accountable to public and their elected representatives. Such a system will in no way adversely affect the supremacy of Lt Governor in governance-system of Delhi as directed by Delhi High Court though the matter is pending for a Supreme Court decision reserved on completed hearing.

Madhu Agrawal

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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