After the Delhi High Court’s favourable verdict on his administrative powers, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday sought all files pertaining to the AAP government’s major decisions, a move that may further strain ties between the two sides.
The governor has asked files related to all major decisions taken by the AAP government.
The LG’s letter comes just a few days after the Delhi High Court declared that Delhi continues to be a Union Territory under the Constitution with the LG as its administrative head. Not happy with the judgement, AAP government has moved the Supreme Court.
Sources say Mr Jung has called for all files related to decisions taken by AAP since it took charge in February last year, after winning the Delhi election.
He has reportedly also asked for files on the transfer and appointment of bureaucrats to be sent directly to him, and not Delhi ministers.
The court also ruled that the Lieutenant Governor is not obliged to act on the advice of the Delhi cabinet in taking important decisions as he is the administrative head of the capital. It struck down important inquiries that the Delhi government had announced over the past year, which had placed AAP on collision course with the BJP at the centre.
The AAP government contends that Delhi is a special case as it is both a Union Territory and has its own legislature also. “People sent us to power to control corruption in power distribution companies, to check commission-system in transfer posting of officials…Without any power, how can we meet the demand of people of Delhi,” AAP minister Manish Sisodia had said in a press conference recently.
Claiming that the HC verdict “poses a question on Democracy”, he said “When ‘we the people’ chose a government, do they have any value? Do people have any right? Where the people of Delhi will go? When they have chosen their MLAs? Will they go to LG or Delhi government,” he asked.