Aam Aadmi Party, which is ruling national capital Delhi has escalated its turf war with Narendra Modi-led central government. While its treasury benches opposed the Union Home ministry’s notification clarifying the Lieutenant Governor as the administrative head of Delhi, one of its MLA proposed the state government be empowered to prosecute the Delhi Lieutenant Governor. The MLA moved a resolution seeking amendment in existing constitutional provisions to allow the Delhi government to impeach the LG Najeeb Jung. However, the AAP has clarified that it is MLA’s own opinion and not yet a party’s stand.
Moving a resolution seeking to amend section 155 of the constitution, AAP’s MLA Adarsh Shastri said, “he’s hoping the Assembly will pass the resolution and it will force Parliament to consider the issue”.
If taken up and cleared by the house, the move may become a major issue sparking constitutional crisis in the state of Delhi. According to the legal experts, the move may suffer from constitutional deficiency as the legislative assemblies cannot impeach either a Governor or the LG. At the most they could send a recommendation to the President seeking indictment against the Governor or an LG.
Earlier, in the special assembly session called in by Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, the law makers and cabinet ministers of AAP flayed notification issued by the Union Home ministry last week. The Deputy CM Manish Sisodia even moved a resolution against MHA notification calling it an insult to mandate of Delhi’s voters
“If the Delhi police is troubled by corruption then the ACB should be able to file an FIR and initiate legal proceedings. The passing of such notifications is an insult to the biggest mandate of Delhi’s people,” Sisodia said.
Urging the assembly, which houses 67 AAP members out of its strength of 70, to debate on the notification, Sisodia added, “This Assembly represents the lakhs of people of the national capital. Tomorrow the central government can say that you don’t have control over the sources of water so you can’t supply water to the city”.
A brief ruckus was witnessed in the Assembly amid the heated debate, as Speaker Ramniwas Goel sought Marshals to escort three MLAs of BJP out of the floor. BJP’s three members, the only opposition in the house, were protesting at Speaker’s remarks on the LG.
The 2 day session will debate and discuss the notification and other issues pertaining to the disputes, which has escalated the stalemate between the CM office and LG office. Voting on the final resolution may take place Wednesday after which it will be referred to the Parliament.