In the battle between the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, the Supreme Court on Wednesday gave more power to the elected government in Delhi and limited the role of the L-G. “The Lieutenant Governor can’t act in a mechanical manner and refer all decisions of the council of ministers to President.
The L-G & role can’t be obstructionist, he must work together with the council of ministers and respect their decisions,” Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said while reading out the verdict of the five-judge Constitutional bench.
In addition to the CJI, the bench comprised Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan later Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that the Supreme Court has given us clarity on the tussle between the AAP government and L-G Anil Baijal. “It does not matter who controls what…the L-G and the CM have to work together.
The Congress was in power for 15 years, we never quarrelled with the L-g like this,” she said. This has clearly given AAP the upper hand, all eyes and ears now focus at Arvind Kejriwal as to observe his next move.
Since 1885 when Congress was formed, it’s a very important day for Congress Party today as Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi files his nominations for the post of Congress President.
Paving the way for his much-awaited elevation and setting the stage for a contest against PM Narendra Modi ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Current Congress chief and his mother Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are among the proposers for his candidature.
Rahul’s big moment has been shadowed by a rebellion of sorts from Maharashtra Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla, who says the elections are “rigged”. “Congress had “o place for Shehzad, but for Shehzada (prince),” he says.
Manmohan Singh, Ahmed Patel, Sheila Dikshit, Jitin Prasada, V Narayanasamy, Mohsina Kidwai, Siddaramaiah, Ashok Gehlot, Tarun Gogoi, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Jyotiraditya Scindia are present in the room and chatting, greeting with the soon-to-be Congress President, Rahul Gandhi.
With Rahul likely to be the only candidate in the fray, he could be declared the next Congress chief today itself, after the nominations have been scrutinised. Rahul will succeed his mother Sonia, who has held the post for almost two decades in a row.
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