New Delhi, Dec 29: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday received unusual support from several opposition parties in Rajya Sabha, with Samajwadi Party (AAP) accusing Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal of treating the Chief Minister like a peon. Four opposition parties including Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) called for an end to the turf war between the elected government and centre’s nominee in Delhi. Also Read - After Success In Surat Bypoll, AAP To Take On BJP In 2022 Gujarat Assembly Polls
“The Delhi government has no powers. The Lieutenant Governor treats Delhi’s Chief Minister like a chaprasi (peon). This is an insult to the Chief Minister,” SP MP Naresh Agarwal said in Rajya Sabha, reports NDTV. The SP leader came in defence of AAP-government when Union Minister Vijay Goel blamed the elected government for failing to act against illegal constructions and asked the central government to dismiss the elected government. Also Read - Delhi Budget: Free Covid Vaccines, Mahila Mohalla Clinics, Olympics Bid in Kejriwal's 'Deshbhakti Budget' | Highlights
Countering Vijay Goel, Naresh Agarwal pointed out that Delhi’s three municipal corporations, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power, are responsible to check unauthorized constructions. “In any case, you can level allegations against the Delhi government when it has some power,” he asserted. Agarwal’s views were later echoed by leaders of TMC, CPI and the CPM. Also Read - Delhi Traffic Alert: Ghazipur, Singhu, Harewali Among Others Shut For Traffic Movement | Check Advisory Here
When opposition leaders sought an end to the turf war in Delhi, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurian asked Union Urban Development Minister Hardee Singh Puri to take some initiative for a truce. “In four decades of public life, I have faced many challenges. I tried to negotiate with terrorists. This is going to be a difficult one, but I accept your challenge and I will try and negotiate,” the minister told the House accepting the suggestion.
The AAP, which had stormed to power in 2015, has repeatedly clashed with Raj Niwas over governance jurisdiction, especially during former LG Najeeb Jung’s tenure. The situation didn’t change when Anil Baijal took the charge as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.
Under the constitutional arrangement, Delhi is not a full state, but it enjoys the status of the National Capital Territory with a legislative assembly. However, the LG has primacy in terms of authority. The elected government in Delhi does not have any say in matters pertaining to police, land, and services.