Amid Tussle Over Services, CM Arvind Kejriwal, Lt Governor Meet: 10 Points

Amid Tussle Over Services, CM Arvind Kejriwal, Lt Governor Meet: 10 Points


Amid Tussle Over Services, CM Arvind Kejriwal, Lt Governor Meet: 10 Points

New Delhi: Lt. Governor Anil Baijal does not agree that control of services should be handed over to the Delhi government, sources said after his 25-minute meeting with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today. Sources said the Governor would prefer to wait for the court's order. He has, however, agreed on the other points made by the Supreme Court. Mr Kejriwal had sought the meeting in the light of the bureaucrats' refusal to recognize the government's role in transfers. Citing the court order, which said the Lieutenant Governor has control only over land, police and public order, Mr Kejriwal has warned that violators will stand in contempt of court.

Here are 10 Points Regarding This Story:-

1) After the meeting, the Lt Governor tweeted, "Met Hon'ble CM @ArvindKejriwal & Hon'ble Dy. CM @msisodia . Assured them of my continued support & cooperation in the interest of good governance & overall development of Delhi as per the letter and spirit of Constitution."

2) Lt. Governor Anil Baijal agreed to the meeting after Mr Kejriwal wrote to him for his support, underlining that the elected government did not need his concurrence after the top court's verdict. This would be their first meeting since the verdict.

3) In a terse letter to Lt. Governor, Arvind Kejriwal suggested they sit face to face the meeting to resolve their differences over the implications of the Supreme Court verdict. The meeting is expected to take place at 3 pm.

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4) On Wednesday, a few hours after the Top Court verdict, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had circulated new rules that authorize the chief minister to transfer officers. The top court, he said, had underscored that an elected government does not need a sign-off from the Lt Governor.

5)The services department rejected Mr Manish Sisodia's order, saying unless the 2015 government order is scrapped by the court or the Lt Governor, Mr Baijal remains in charge of the department.

6) In a Facebook post, Union minister Arun Jaitley said the Delhi government's reading of the verdict -- that the Supreme Court has given it administrative powers over union territory cadre officers -- was "wholly erroneous".

7) The court ruling, said Mr Jaitley, "does not either add to the powers of the state government or the central government nor does it in any way dilute them. It emphasises at the importance of elected state government, but Delhi being a union territory makes its powers subservient to the central government."

8) Transfer and appointment of officials was one of the first flashpoints between Mr Kejriwal's government and the Lieutenant Governor. Later, after a Central rule brought "services" under the Governor's jurisdiction, it became a huge point of conflict that led to a face-off with the officials as well.

9) Last month, Mr Arvind Kejriwal said the officials have been on "strike" since an alleged attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February.  Asking the Lieutenant Governor intervene in the matter, he held a sit-in strike for nine days in the waiting room of Mr Baijal.

10) In its order on Wednesday that was seen as a major victory for Mr Kejriwal, the Top Court said, "Real power must lie with the elected government in a democracy. The state should enjoy freedom, unsolicited interference".

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