Kejriwal vs L-G Highlights: Delhi Cabinet meets after SC verdict, CM asks to speed up ration delivery scheme

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New Delhi | Updated:Jul 04, 2018 6:15:29 pm

The Supreme Court ruling came as a major victory for the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government which has been in a constant tug of war with the L-G over final saying.

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In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court today ruled that the Delhi Lieutenant Governor doesn’t have independent decision making powers and that he is bound to act on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers. The ruling came as a major victory for the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government which has been in a constant tug of war with the L-G over final saying. The apex court, however, said that the Ministers must communicate with the L-G about the decisions they are taking. It added that except for three issues — land, police and public order, the Delhi government has the power to legislate and govern on other issues. Within minutes, CM Kejriwal termed the verdict a “big victory for the people of Delhi and democracy”.

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Arvind Kejriwal vs Delhi L-G: Highlights here

Highlights

    17:49 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    'CCTV work, door-step delievery of services to pick up pace'

    "In today's cabinet meeting, it has been decided that the work of door-step delivery and CCTV, which was halted due to LGs sahab, should be taken promptly after the decision of the Honorable SC," Sisodia said.

    17:43 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    'No need to send files to LG'

    "After the order of honorable SC, the Delhi government no longer need to send any file to LG for approval," Sisodia said

    17:15 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Manish Sisodia addresses press conference

    "Being the Minister of Services Affairs of the Delhi Government, I have ordered transfer of IAS and DANICS officers will only take place after the approval of CM Arvind Kejriwal," says Sisodia.

    17:13 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Manish Sisodia addresses press conference

    "After today decision by the Supreme Court, Delhi government is not bound to take LG's permission for every decision, except three decisions," Sisodia tells media.

    17:09 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Manish Sisodia adresses press conference

    Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia starts his press conference. Sisodia tells media that he has issued some orders in accordance with the new ruling by the Supreme Court of India.

    16:42 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Kejriwal chairs Cabinet meet

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal chaired the Cabinet meet at his residence. In a tweet, the CM informed that he has asked the functionaries to seed up the proposal of doorstep delivery of ration.

    16:16 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Sambit Patra reacts

    The Supreme Court upheld the Constitution and delivered its verdict against anarchy.

    15:39 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    AAP hopes Centre, LG will comply with SC ruling

    The ruling AAP said that it hopes both the central government and Lt Governor Anil Baijal will comply with the Supreme Court order restoring to the Delhi government its power. AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said that the L-G does not hold the same power any more and the Centre must let the elected government work now. "The BJP today cannot hide behind their own understanding of the Constitution in a way which benefits them politically. They must let the elected government function now," he said.

    15:19 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Constitution is the boss, says BJP's Mahesh Giri

    BJP MP from Maheish Girri said that the Supreme Court in its verdict made it clear that the Constitution is the boss. He said that the decision is a setback for Kejriwal. He also accused CM Arvind Kejriwal of not serving the people for last three years by finding excuses. "Kejriwal has done no work in Delhi."

    15:15 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Manoj Tiwari reacts to SC verdict

    Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari welcomed the Supreme Court verdict. He said that the apex court clearly ruled that the Delhi government must work according to the Constitutional provisions. He asked CM Kejriwal not to give any excuse now and start serving the people of Delhi. He told him to address the issues of water and power supply in the national capital at the earliest.

    15:09 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Kejriwal to meet P Chidambaram later today

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet senior lawyer and Congress leader P Chidambaram later today. Chidambaram had argued for the Delhi government in the Supreme Court in the case.

    14:21 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Arvind Kejriwal to hold Cabinet meeting later today

    Soon after the SC verdict, Kejriwal tweeted he will hold a Cabinet meeting later today. "Called a meeting of all Cabinet Ministers at 4 pm at my residence to discuss critical projects of public importance which were blocked so far," Kejriwal tweeted.

    13:55 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    AAP accuses Modi govt of creating 'chaos'

    The AAP leadership accused the Narendra Modi-led administration of creating "chaos" in the national capital in the last three-and-a-half years. "Can Modiji revoke 3 years 5 months of chaos in Delhi? Will Delhi people forgive BJP for ruining 3 years 5 months (sic)?," AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj asked in a tweet.

    13:46 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Delhi BJP welcomes SC verdict

    The Delhi BJP has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on the power tussle involving the office of Lt Governor and the AAP government, and said the ruling party should now shun its "political demand" of full statehood to the city. BJP MLA Vijender Gupta said the apex court verdict has directed the AAP government to follow the law and it is expected that they will do so.

    13:07 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Whay SC said - key points

    Here's what the Supreme Court observed:

    - Delhi not full state | - Status of LG is not like that of a Governor | - L-G can't act independently, be obstructionist, must take advice of Cabinet | - Neither state nor the L-G should feel lionized | - No space for absolutism, anarchy in Constitution

    12:58 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Centre has a role to play in Delhi: BJP

    Nalin Kohli of the BJP said that the Supreme Court rejected AAP government's arguments that Delhi is a state and they enjoy exclusive executive control. "Don't understand how Delhi government is claiming this to be a victory? " he asked. The BJP leader said that their main plank was that Delhi is a state whereas Court has unequivocally said it is not a state. "They said they had exclusive executive control that was rejected too. This is a UT, Centre has a role to play."

    12:53 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Celebrations at Aam Aadmi Party office
    12:24 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Subramanian Swamy reacts

    BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that he welcomes the Supreme Court's decision, adding that the L-G must respect the Delhi government's decision, but should oppose if decisions are anti-national or anti-constitutional. "Yes, what the SC said is correct that the L-G must respect Delhi Cabinet decisions, but if any anti-national security or anti-constitutional decision is taken, which they are capable of taking, as they are Naxalite type people, then the L-G can oppose."

    12:20 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Cabinet meeting at 4 pm

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has convened a meeting of the Cabinet at 4 pm at his residence to discuss the critical projects of the government that were blocked by the Centre. The meeting comes in the backdrop of the Supreme Court's order that the L-G is bound by the advice of the Council of Ministers. He tweeted: Called a meeting of all Cabinet Ministers at 4 pm at my residence to discuss critical projects of public importance which were blocked so far.

    12:07 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    'Real power vests with Council of Ministers'

    In unanimous verdict, the five-judge SC bench holds that real power vests with Council of Ministers. It, however, said that except for three issues -- land, police and public order, the Delhi government has power to legislate and govern on other subjects. The decision is a major victory for Aam Aadmi Party which has been in a constant tug of war with the L-G over the power wielded by the two branches of the executive.

    12:02 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken reacts

    Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said that the CM and L-G should stop the blame-game and start serving the people od Delhi. "Now, since the Apex Court has clarified about the powers in Delhi, we hope that the development which has been stalled, ever since the Congress was voted out of power, 4 yrs ago-will start again. L-G and CM, stop this blame-game and develop Delhi as we successfully did for 15yrs!"

    12:00 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Soli Sorabjee welcomes SC decision

    Its a good verdict by Supreme Court. The L-G and Delhi government have to work harmoniously, can't always have confrontation. Daily squabbles are not good for democracy. I welcome the decision: Soli Sorabjee, former Attorney General of India

    11:58 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    'Congress ruled for 15 years without any conflict'
    11:40 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    'Council of Ministers are answerable to people'

    Justice DY Chandrachud in his separate but concurrent verdict said the Lieutenant Governor must realise that Council of Ministers are answerable to people.

    11:35 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Delhi cannot be run on L-G' whims: Sisodia

    Delhi cannot be run on the L-G' whims. He said that he verdict of the Supreme Court is for "our government and the people of Delhi". He noted that the court made it clear the L-G has no power to interfere except fot the matters related to land, police and public order: Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM

    11:32 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Manish Sisodia thanks SC for restoring powers of Delhi govt

    Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that  the Supreme Court's decision has come as a big relief to the people of Delhi. He thanks the Supreme Court for restoring the powers of an elected government. He reiterated the accusations that the Centre was stalling the decisions of the government through L-G.

    11:30 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Communicate decisions to L-G: SC

    The court also ruled that the Council of Ministers needs to communicate decisions to the Lieutenant Governor, but this does not mean Council of Ministers are bound by the Delhi L-G.

    11:29 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    'Big victory', Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reacts
    11:26 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    L-G cannot refer all Cabinet matters to Prez: SC

    The Supreme Court said that Lieutenant Governor cannot refer all Cabinet matters to the President.  It said that the L-G can refer issues on difference of opinion to President only in exceptional matters and not as general rule.

    11:22 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Delhi cannot have full statehood: SC

    On Aam Aadmi Party's demand to grant full statehood to Delhi, the Supreme Court made it clear that the demand is not possible. "Delhi cannot have full statehood in view of an earlier nine-judge judgment."

    11:20 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Former CM Sheila Dikshit reacts

    Former Delhi CM and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit said that the Supreme Court just reiterated the rules. She noted that the Congress party ruled the national capital for 15 years without without any conflict. "Congress ran Delhi for 15 years, there was no conflict. Supreme Court has just reiterated that."

    11:17 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    L-G has no independent decision-making power: SC

    The apex court said that Delhi's L-G has no independent decision-making power, cannot act as an obstructionist. The court ruled that except for matters related to land, police and public order, the L-G has no independent decision making powers under the Constitution.

    11:10 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Aam Aadmi Party claims victory

    Government of Delhi has been restored. Democracy in Delhi has been restored. Democratic rights of people of Delhi have been restored. Thank you, SC: Raghav Chadha, AAP national spokesperson

    10:59 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    What Justice DY Chandrachud says

    Justice Chandrachud in his judgment said that the Constitutional skirmishes test the resilience of democracy. The justice observed that the Constitutional interpretation must be based on Constitutional morality. Sovereignty of people, democratic way of governance, secularism intrinsic to Constitution. Basic Structure imposes restrictions on exercise of Constituent Power.

    10:57 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    L-G bound by aid and advice of Council of Ministers: SC

    The apex court said that Lieutenant Governor is bound by aid and advice of Council of Ministers, subject to the proviso to Article 239 AA to refer matter to President. He cannot act independently and has to act as per aid and advice of Council of Ministers.

    10:53 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    No space for anarchy and absolutism in our Constitution: SC

    The Supreme  Court said that there is no space for anarchy and absolutism in our Constitution. The court said that the L-G has to work harmoniously with his Council of Ministers.

    10:39 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Hearing begins in Supreme Court

    The crucial hearing in the Supreme Court over who holds the power to administer and govern the nation capital begins. The CJI said that principle of collective responsibilty singnificant in the context of "aid and advise".

     
     
     
    10:37 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    What SC had said

    The Supreme Court during the arguments said that it will only lay down the principles on the status of Delhi under the Constitution. It had refused to deal with the issues arising out of individual notifications issued by the city government.

    10:35 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    Centre's argument

    The Centre had argued that Delhi government cannot have 'exclusive' executive powers as it would be against national interests and referred to the 1989 Balakrishnan committee report that had dealt with the reasons for not granting status of a state to Delhi. It had also argued that several 'illegal' notifications were issued by the Delhi government and they were challenged in the High Court.

    10:28 (IST)04 Jul 2018
    What Article 239AA says

    Article 239AA of the Constitution grants Special Status to Delhi among Union Territories. It came into existence in1991 through 69th Constitutional amendment by the Parliament. It provides the Legislative Assembly and a Council of Ministers with appropriate powers to deal with matters of concerns to common man. The same year, Delhi was named as National Capital Region (NCT) of Delhi.