AAP vs Anil Baijal: The party has launched a signature campaign to seek full statehood for Delhi.
In a big win for Arvind Kejriwal, the Supreme Court ruled that the AAP government is the final authority in Delhi. Five top court judges unanimously agreeing that "real power lies with the elected government of Delhi. The AAP government had been long contending the decision and has also launched a signature campaign to seek full statehood for Delhi. However, the court has ruled out the "complete statehood" aspect. The court said that there is no room for absolutism and there is no room for anarchism also. The decision is being seen to be vital in deciding the future of the AAP government.
Here are the live updates of the top court's verdict on AAP vs Anil Baijal battle:
Manish Sisodia speaks after AAP's historic win. here are the main pointers from his speech:
- Whatever is the order by the Supreme Court, we will run the government by that.
- CCTV and door step delivery of ration was stopped because of the Lt Governor.
- There is another issue in this regard, CCTV and door-step ration delivery has been directed to be followed immediately. LG had kept this. IAS officers required LGs permission for posting.
- I have ordered that this will change. IAS officers, central services transfers will all happen based on Chief Minister's approval.
- Minister in-charge of the concerned department will make changes to the transfers of other officers of various cadres.
ON THE JUDGMENT:
- 2 years ago, I came on a conference and spoke about certain matters on concurrent list.
- Delhi government has no powers with respect to police, land, public order. It is reserved in the constitution. Modi government had reserved another thing which is services.
- The problem started when the fourth provision was made, they wanted to make it seem like the Delhi government had no powers and that decision making was left to LG.
- All files started going to LG, he began sitting on files in the last two years. As per constitution, LG did not have the power. LG misinterpreted this provision. After today's verdict, he does not have these powers anymore, powers that were politically motivated.
ON THE PROVISION ON CABINET:
- Supreme court has said that excepting the three provisions, Delhi government has power over everything else.
- When we wanted to send Delhi teachers to Finland for training, the LG wanted powers in that as well.
- Delhi is not a state, we know that. If Parliament makes any law regarding subjects other than the three reservations, only then can the Delhi government comply.
- In every other matter, the power lies in the hands of Delhi government.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's reactions on Supreme Court verdict
Centre's response to Supreme Court verdict on Delhi government vs Lieutenant Governor: Sources
- Supreme Court rejected AAP's argument that Delhi is a state and it's argument that Lieutenant Governor is like a Governor
- Supreme Court says Dehi government must bring it to the notice of the Lieutenant Governor before any matter is taken up for consideration and decision making
- Lieutenant Governor can disagree on any matter based on cogent reasons and in such situations Lieutenant Governor need not go by the advice Of the council of ministers and Lieutenant Governor will refer it to the President
- Issues raises by AAP in 9 appeals on ACB, Stamp duty, appointment of special public prosecutor, services etc will be decided by regular bench of Supreme Court
Full Text Of Supreme Court Verdict On Arvind Kejriwal-Led AAP Government Vs Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal
The Supreme Court today ruled that Arvind Kejriwal-led government is the final authority in Delhi, ruling that the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has no independent power to take decisions and is bound by the elected government's advice. The top court today said that the elected government is the boss of Delhi and warned that the Lieutenant Governor cannot function as "an obstructionist"; it said "there is no room for absolutism and there is no room for anarchism also." The top court made it clear that except for anything related to land, police and public order, the Lt Governor has no independent decision-making powers under the constitution. Reading out the verdict, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said the Lt Governor needs to work harmoniously with the Delhi government.
"Supreme Court's verdict has done away with possibilities of blame game": Congress
The Supreme Court verdict on the power tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre had done away with all the possibilities of a "blame game" between BJP and AAP and the two parties should now ensure that the development of the national capital, which was stalled for years, said Congress leader Ajay Maken.
"Big Victory For People of Delhi": Arvind Kejriwal On Top Court Judgment
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has welcomed the judgment of the Supreme Court which today underscored that the powers of the Lieutenant Governor should stay within the limits set by the constitution. Mr Kejriwal, who had been involved in a tussle with the Lieutenant Governor since his government swept to power in Delhi three years ago, said it was a victory for the people of Delhi.
Don't understand how Delhi government is claiming this to be a victory? Their main plank was that this is a state whereas court has unequivocally said its not a state. They said they had exclusive executive control that was rejected too. This is a Union Territory, Centre has a role to play," BJP leader Nalin Kohli said.
AAP can say whatever it wants. PM Modi government never interfered in Lieutenant Governor's decisions: BJP leader Vaibhav Aggarwal
Arvind Kejriwal will now have same powers that Sheila Dikshit had: Raghav Chadha
Supreme Court has cleared the fact that apart from 3 subjects, all subjects are under the Delhi government. Transferring bureaucrats will come under the Delhi government. "Arvind Kejriwal will have the same powers that Shiela Dikshit had. BJP will now have to suffer," Mr Chadha said.
Power of Delhi government restored, huge win for city's people: Manish Sisodia
The LG was not ever ready to meet the government. The people of Delhi always want to go to the elected government for a lot of issues. Now Supreme Court has restored the power of Delhi government. This is a huge win for the people of Delhi, he said.
All the files do not have to be sent to the LG now: Manish Sisodia
Supreme Court said power cannot be with one person. It should be with the government elected by the people. If i get into the operative part of the verdict, all the files of different departments do not have to be sent to the LG. That was obstructing a lot of things earlier," said Manish Sisodia.
Good verdict, daily squabbles not good for democracy: Former Attorney General of India
Big victory for democracy: Arvind Kerjiwal
Justice D Y Chandrachud in his separate but concurrent verdict said LG must realise that council of ministers are answerable to people
The Supreme Court said that the Lieutenant Governor is bound to act on the aid and advice of the council of ministers. In what AAP called a "restoration of democracy", the court also said the Lt Governor and the council of ministers must attempt to settle any matter by discussion.
Delhi Lt Governor Can't Be Obstructionist: Top 5 Quotes Of Supreme Court
The Lieutenant Governor's role cannot be "obstructionist" and he must act in harmony with the Delhi government, the Supreme Court said today. The government had challenge by a ruling of the Delhi High Court that had upheld the Lieutenant Governor as the last word in administrative issues in Delhi. In its verbal observations during the hearings, the three-judge bench of the top court, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra, had indicated that the Lieutenant-Governor appeared to have primacy under the Constitution but had to operate within some red lines.
State should enjoy freedom unsolicited interference: Supreme Court
LG should not act in a mechanical manner and stall decisions of council of ministers, says SC. The judges also said that the lieutenant governor hasn't been entrusted with independent decision making power and that the state should enjoy freedom unsolicited interference. "Popular will can't be allowed loose its purpose," it said.
Real power must lie with with the elected government, says Supreme Court
"Lieutenant governor must act harmoniously with the Delhi government, its role cannot be obstructionist," says Supreme Court
Democracy has been restored, says Raghav Chadha; Thanks Supreme Court
"Relationship between Centre and State Govt should be healthy," says Dipak Misra
CJI says "obeying the constitution is everybody's duty and responsibility" while reading out verdict
"Hope Supreme Court restores democracy in Delhi": Raghav Chadha
"We are hopeful and we urge the Supreme Court to restore democracy in Delhi as well as the rights of the people. The Union government has done everything to paralyze government of Delhi. We hope the court will restore it," Raghav Chadha.
Judges arrive in Supreme Court for the hearing of AAP Vs Centre battle
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been locked in a bitter power tussle with the centre ever since his AAP swept to power in Delhi in 2015. The Delhi government does not have control over land, bureaucracy and police. But AAP says the centre is trying to rule Delhi using the Lieutenant Governor to block its plans on other subjects such as health and education as well. Mr Kejriwal says the Lieutenant Governor has been working in a brazenly partisan fashion and at the instance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prevent the Delhi government.
At the heart of the Aam Aadmi Party government's petition is the argument that an elected government cannot be without any power and the constitution could not give the Lieutenant Governor powers to "stultify daily governance by sitting over files". The petition challenges the high court's decision that the Lieutenant Governor is the administrative boss of Delhi.
Delhi facing "artificial" water, power crisis; AAP government "visionless": Delhi BJP Chief
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari today alleged that the people of Delhi are facing an "artificial" water and power crisis due to the "visionless" functioning of the Arvind Kejriwal government. Claiming that according to an RTI reply by the Delhi Jal Board, water supply to the national capital from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh has been increasing constantly, he said, "Had the government ensured proper treatment of raw water received from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand and got it distributed under a judicious summer action plan, people of Delhi would get regular and proper water supply."
Supreme Court's to soon give its verdict on Delhi's ongoing power dispute
Does the lieutenant governor exercise primary control in Delhi or is it the city government? Supreme Court to give verdict at 10: 30 am today.
AAP's signature campaign for full statehood to Delhi in Tilak Nagar
These decisions were the starting point of the tussle for power. The Chief Minister says that any important decision taken by his government is negated by the Lieutenant Governor, who he accuses of acting as a stooge of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to undermine the Delhi government.
"Kejriwal Govt left with zero control: AAP leader hits out at PM Modi ahead of verdict
Within months of the AAP being swept to power, the NDA government took the anti-corruption unit away from the city government and withdrew a 1998 concession granted by BJP patriarch LK Advani that mandated the LG to consult the elected government on every decision relating to police, public order and bureaucratic appointments. AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj shared his views on the issue ahead of the verdict.
The centre has contended that the city government could not be given absolute powers in the national capital and its decisions would need the LG's concurrence
In all other matters, Article 239AA of the Constitution says the LG has to be guided by the aid and advice of the elected government as happens in all states.
Under the Constitution and the law, the city government does not have any control in matters of land, bureaucracy and the police.
The top court's constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will pronounce the verdict at 10.30 am. The other judges on the bench include Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.