1. No statehood rights to Delhi unless there is consensus: Arun Jaitley

No statehood rights to Delhi unless there is consensus: Arun Jaitley

On the ongoing controversy between the Lt Governor and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over appointment of officers, Arun Jaitley said people of Delhi were waiting for governance...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 24, 2015 9:44 AM
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New Delhi: Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley addressing the media on one year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI)

Amid a raging row over exercise of powers in Delhi, Centre on Saturday said that full statehood rights cannot be given to Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi government unless there is a general consensus in the country on the issue as it is the national capital.

“Whenever there will be general consensus in the country on giving full statehood status to the national capital, it is possible. But till that is not done, full statehood rights cannot be given to the state government,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

He was asked about Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) views on granting full statehood to Delhi, as promised by it in the past.

He, however, noted that the confusion over rights exercised by the Centre and the elected government would lead to “offices being shut down” and to avoid that the Home Ministry had issued the classificatory notification on Friday.

“If there is confusion, then offices will be locked. And to ensure offices are not shut, it is Centre’s responsibility to clarify and Home Ministry has fulfilled that responsibility by issuing a classificatory notification to make it clear what rights rest with the Centre and what with the elected government,” he said.

On the ongoing controversy between the Lt Governor and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over appointment of officers, he said people of Delhi were waiting for governance by the elected government even after 100 days of being in power.

“The elected government should strive and the public is waiting for 100 days that within the domain of those rights, it initiates steps to provide governance in Delhi,” he said.

The Minister said Delhi is a Union Territory, which is today’s constitutional truth and Union Territories are under the Centre, but Delhi and Puducherry that have elected governments have separate arrangements, where some constitutional rights have been given to them.

The rights not given to their elected governments rest with the Centre and those rights are exercised by the Lt Governor, he said, adding that there is no scope for any grey area.

The Centre yesterday put its weight behind Delhi LG who has been given absolute powers in appointment of bureaucrats and he need not “consult” the chief minister on subjects like transfer of senior officers, police and public order.

Arvind Kejrial Government had attacked the Centre over the notification, accusing it of trying to rule Delhi through the backdoor and protect the corrupt.

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    Anil Beejawat
    May 25, 2015 at 9:43 am
    How did Sheila Dixit,Madanlal Khurana,Sahib singh Verma managed to rule the state with the Powers that were no different or more than what lie with Kejriwal? He is once again trying to create a situation to run away.
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      Dipankar
      May 24, 2015 at 9:42 am
      This AAP party tried to capture w country by testing in MP elections , when they found no hope in the MP election ..immediately started capturing Delhi only. And when they got it now they are asking for full control of it . They know apart from that they cant desire any more things from the people of this country.
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        Krishnendu
        May 24, 2015 at 9:38 am
        I dont think this AAP party would be able to continue for long time. Even I guess its tenure may be upto 5 yrs.
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          Kuntal
          May 24, 2015 at 9:34 am
          What AAP wants actually they want more and more power only that is it..Apart from that they dont have any intention to do something good for the people of the Delhi.
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            Saibal
            May 24, 2015 at 9:36 am
            AAP party activities look like ..naxalist in India whatever they thinks that is only right and good all others' thinking is wrong and bad.
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              Soumitra Chaterjee
              May 24, 2015 at 9:31 am
              If AAP wants 'full statehood rights' , then capital of India should be shifted to other place and a specific area should be confirmed for the Capital of India where no state intervention would be there at all.
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                Sudip
                May 24, 2015 at 5:19 pm
                Govt of all other states can choose and appoint bureaucrats and direct their police force. AAP govt at Delhi wants to do the same. So, how are they seeking extraordinary power? AAP has come to power for just 100 days and already the power and water situation has improved. There has been no major power cuts and water crisis in the capital during this time even though summer is at its peak. They have come down heavily against corruption suspending 152 officials and arresting 35. No wonder BJP is shaken and the centre has ped an order that the Delhi ACB cannot act against central govt officers and police. This is what Modi meant when he said SABKA SAATH SABKA VIKAS. Its good to check facts and be honest in your criticism and not do it simply because you hate a person.
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                  Sudip
                  May 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm
                  Specially with the BJP sparing no efforts to bring it down going against the very essence of our democracy and the mandate given by the electorate. This is the COOPERATIVE FEDERALISM that Modi talked about, where the LG cooperates with the centre to bring down a democratically elected govt. BRAVO! BRAVO! Even better is the order that no corrupt officers can be booked by the ACB. This is SABKE SAATH SABKA VIKAS.
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                    t p
                    May 24, 2015 at 5:57 pm
                    Kej govt need to be dissolved, so that chaos in delhi end & development work can proceed, without time & public money wastage.
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