Kejriwal and Delhi government loses central tussle, decides to play along

After almost 18 months of an acrimonious tussle with the Union government, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government seems to have realised it’s a battle it can’t win.

Published: 09th July 2017 09:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2017 11:01 AM   |  A+A-

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (File | PTI)

NEW DELHI: After almost 18 months of an acrimonious tussle with the Union government, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government seems to have realised it’s a battle it can’t win.

Backing down, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has now asked officials to make the changes suggested by the Central government in Bills as per the procedure.

Sources say that Kejriwal and his ministers will meet Union ministers to speed up clearing the bills, if required.

“Almost 15 Bills are pending after the Union government raised objections over the definition of ‘state’, wrongly defined by the Delhi government. It also said the government of Delhi didn’t follow the required procedure before tabling a Bill in the House. Some Bills are pending due to the no decision on recommendations given by the Centre. Now, the Delhi CM has asked all department and its legal team to clear every legal hurdle so that it can resend the Bills to the Union government, ” a Delhi government official said.

Kejriwal took the decision last week during a meeting, which was attended by Chief Secretary M M Kutty, department heads and legal department officials.

“These Bills are pending since July to December 2015. During June 2015 to December 2015, Delhi Assembly passed 16 Bills, including one regarding salary hikes of MLAs and ministers of Delhi,” he added.

An official in the Ministry of Home Affairs said the “Bills were passed a year after Kejriwal came to power. They didn’t follow the required procedure and also didn’t give the required definition of state, where the government belongs to the LG and not the CM. Some Bills also contradicted Union Government Bills”.

For now, Kejriwal is running with the hares, instead of hunting with his hounds.

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