Emergency session in Delhi over L-G row

Emergency session in Delhi over L-G row

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has called for a two-day emergency session of the Assembly from Tuesday to hold a discussion on the Home Ministry notification over distribution of powers between the Lt Governor (L-G) and the chief minister. 

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Kejriwal on Saturday. The session was originally scheduled for June. 

“The Cabinet also decided that depending on the requirement, the session can be extended further. Legal opinions from noted Constitutional expert K K Venugopal and former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium were placed before the Cabinet and discussed in the meeting,” a statement issued by the chief minister’s office said. 

The notification issued on Friday had stated that the L-G has primacy in appointment and transfers of bureaucrats belonging to Central services. Kejriwal had reacted strongly to the notification, saying that the BJP-led Centre was using the L-G to govern Delhi by proxy. 

But amid the tussle between Kejriwal and L-G Najeeb Jung, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government said it will hold a “Jan Samvad” (public discussion) at Central Park in Connaught Place on Monday to celebrate 100 days in office.

The AAP government will complete 100 days in power on Sunday. The chief minister took to Twitter to invite everyone. “See u at central park in CP on 25th, mon to discuss 100 days of our govt. Entire delhi cabinet will be present. Do come,” he tweeted.

The AAP’s celebrations will take place on the eve of Narendra Modi government’s first anniversary in office. The BJP-led government at Centre came to power on May 26 following a massive victory in last year’s Lok Sabha polls.

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