New Delhi: The APP Party, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal takes the central government to Supreme Court and seeks an immediate stay on Delhi Ordinance and says that it makes sideline the elected government from controlling the civil services in the national capital. In the plea, it’s mentioned as “an unconstitutional exercise of executive fiat”.
The party will also begin a phased campaign against the ordinance on July 3 by burning copies of it. Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi and the leader of the AAP, will spearhead the campaign by burning copies of the ordinance on service control in the national capital.
What plea says?
The Delhi government to Centre’s ordinance “shows contempt for the elected government while making a pretence of their involvement through the chief minister”.
The AAP administration called the Centre’s ordinance “unconstitutional,” claiming it contradicts the framework of federal, democratic governance enshrined in Article 239AA (article on Delhi’s governance structure). According to the petition, under the scheme of Article 239AA, the Lieutenant Governor has discretion solely in matters lying outside the legislative and executive realm of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
On May 19, the Centre issued an ordinance to limit the powers of Delhi’s elected government. The decree was issued just days after the Supreme Court turned over control of Delhi’s services to the elected government, with the exception of police, public order, and land.
Following this, Arvind Kejriwal has been meeting with various opposition parties across the country to collect support, arguing that the ordinance will destroy the country’s federal system.
While other non-BJP parties have backed the AAP on the ordinance, the Congress has yet to condemn it.