By limiting the Lt Governor Anil Baijal to three subjects – Public order, police and land, the Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict on Wednesday, July 4 at about 10:30 AM, stating that Lt Governor cannot act independently and has to act as per aid and advice of Council of Ministers.
In the ever ongoing tussle of power between Delhi’s elected AAP government and Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Justice of India, Deepak Mishra hands more power to Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party than Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
The rein game began after the several disagreements between the Delhi’s AAP government and the Centre. The Delhi government had moved the apex court to challenge a Delhi High Court verdict that held that the Lt Governor held primacy over an elected government in the administration of Delhi.
Delhi government had argued that it is this power that the LG has abused to eat into the elected government’s authority and block decisions taken by the Delhi government. The Delhi government also argued that the constitutional provisions can be interpreted only to advance the goals of the Constitution and the people’s democratic aspirations.
On the other hand, the Centre contended that all executive powers to administer the national capital were vested in it and that it exercised the same through the Lt Governor. The centre argued that the Delhi government cannot have absolute powers in the national capital. The LG has the power to disagree with the state cabinet and can overrule the state government.