Taking a jibe at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, former Justice of Supreme Court Markandey Katju has asked the leader that why doesn’t he resign if he is having ‘no powers’ at all. Katju, in his Facebook post, said that why does the chief minister “keep drawing a salary, keep living in an official residence, keep going on an official car, and keep enjoying the perks and allowances of a CM,” if he is doing nothing.
He also questioned the working of ministers, “Why do ministers and MLAs of AAP keep doing so (deriving salary and other benefits)? Since they are doing nothing, why are they a financial burden on the Delhi public?”
Actually, Markandey Katju was questioning the rhetoric demand for additional powers and full statehood by Delhi CM and his supporters. The AAP convenor has always demanded more powers for the state government, with the control of state police under the government being the top requirement.
On Friday, the Delhi government withdrew its civil suit for a judicial declaration of the National Capital as a full State. Earlier in a landmark verdict, the High Court had effectively shrunk Kejriwal Cabinet’s administrative powers and confirmed Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung as the final word in administering the National Capital. Challenging the order, Kejriwal government on Friday filed six different petitions challenging the Delhi High Court order. The matter is due for hearing on September 9.