Delhi L-G is bound by the advice of council of ministers

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The Supreme Court in its historic verdict on July 4 put a halt to the day to day obstructions caused by the Lieutenant Governor of the NCT Delhi to maim the elected government and thrust on it the will of the centre. The national capital Delhi is being ruled by the Aam Aadmi Party headed by Arvind Kejriwal who forced the BJP to bite dust in the elections. And it is this defeat of the BJP that prompted the centre to use the L-G to harass the Kejriwal government.

The former L-G Najeeb Jung did his best to create obstacles for the government and now Anil Baijal has been acting on the dictates of the centre. When this tussle went to the Delhi High Court, the judgment favoured the L-G and said the Lieutenant Governor was the administrative head of Delhi and was not bound to go by the decisions taken by the cabinet. It was the victory of the assumption of L-G that the government was under his thumb. Then a batch of petitions was filed in the Supreme Court to challenge the High Court verdict.

The constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra reversed the High Court verdict and said the L-G is bound by the aid and advice of the cabinet. The judgment said it was the Chief Minister and his cabinet which are answerable to the people of Delhi. There are only three areas of land, police and public order where the Lieutenant Governor can exercise his will.

The Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was the victory of the people of Delhi and democracy. Except the BJP other political parties hailed the judgment. The Kejriwal government always complained that the L-G has become a stumble block for the smooth functioning of the administration. Now the rival political parties and the people of Delhi will be anxious to see the performance of the Chief Minister. He has to refurbish the image of his party which got damaged by few odd incidents in recent past.

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