Court will decide Delhi LG vs Delhi govt: Amit Shah

Rajat Kain

kejriwal_oathNarendra Modi government is bracing itself for taking up the stalemate between the AAP-led Delhi government and Delhi Lieutenant Governor into the court of law. BJP President Amit Shah claimed that matter is limited to the constitutional interpretation and will be debated in the courts.

“So called clash between Centre and Delhi government relates to interpretation of Constitution, issue will be settled by courts,” he said addressing the press at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and LG Najeeb Jung had been locked in an impasse over the issue of power sharing in the capital. The LG, who reports to the Centre, has been declared as the administrative head on the subject of law and order, police, land and services by the Central government’s notification. The matter which has now snowballed into a serious debate over the statehood of Delhi began on the issue of appointment, reinstatement and transfers of the senior bureaucrats in Delhi. Both the CM office and LG office had shared a spat over turning down each other’s orders on the same.

The Aam Aadmi Party government has now called a two day special session of Delhi Assembly starting Tuesday to deliberate on the issue of Union Home Ministry’s notification clarifying and reiterating the powers rested with the LG Office as per the stated position of the Constitution. The government even got a shot in its arm as Delhi High Court ruled the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Bureau can prosecute the personnel of Delhi police.

BJP president Amit Shah was addressing the press on the achievements of BJP-led NDA government. A day after Prime Minister Modi addressed a rally in Mathura flagging the ‘celebrations’ of one year in office, his party President followed the theme set by Modi the previous day.

“Under Modi ji’s leadership, we had promised that we will root out corruption. We have been able to do that… even our political opponents have not been able to point fingers at us for any scam,” claimed Amit Shah.

The issue of corruption has been central to the BJP as it left no opportunity accusing the alleged ‘scams’ and irregularities during the tenure of Congress-led UPA. In fact, the issue of corruption had been central to PM Modi’s speeches abroad but they were not devoid of controversies and attack from the opposition parties, in particular the Congress party.

Shah also claimed that the economy is back on the track with indicators speaking in favour of the government. On the question of economic performance, he said, “fiscal deficit is under control, trade has grown, foreign investments are at their highest in 10 years, prices have been brought under control”.

And on the issue which has put Narendra Modi government on the back-foot by the resurgent looking Congress party, Amit Shah spoke of the relief provided to the farmers. “We have given relief to farmers in distress, we have increased the amount of relief by 50%. Any farmers suffering over 30% damage will now get relief,” he told.

But the bigger test lies before the government on the issue of Ordinance on land acquisition that is being dubbed by the Congress as ‘anti-farmer’ and ‘anti-poor’.