Amit Malviya, a member of the BJP, stated that Arvind
Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, had not thoroughly read the Supreme
Court's verdict issued on May 11. Malviya argued that the recent ordinance,
which has sparked significant political controversy, aligns with the court's
He took to Twitter to express his opinion, asserting that
Kejriwal's strong opposition to the ordinance was unnecessary because the
ordinance is derived from the Constitution Bench's judgment and will
subsequently be presented as a bill in Parliament.
The controversy erupted on Friday when the Central government
introduced an ordinance granting the Lieutenant Governor (LG) executive
authority over service matters. This action reignited the ongoing conflict
between the Centre and the Delhi government, with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
announcing its intention to challenge the ordinance in the Supreme Court.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, along
with other opposition leaders, condemned the ordinance.
The BJP defended the necessity of the ordinance, accusing the
Kejriwal government of intimidating officials after the Supreme Court's
verdict. According to reports from the LG office, eight officers lodged
complaints of "blatant harassment" by the Kejriwal government. Two
complaints were received before the court's verdict, and an additional six were
Among the officers who complained were the Services Secretary
Ashish More, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, Special Secretaries Kinny Singh and
YVVJ Rajasekhar, and Power Secretary Shurbir Singh. Rajasekhar was responsible
for overseeing the case involving the renovation of Kejriwal's residence.
Amidst the ongoing conflict, Malviya highlighted that the
Supreme Court's verdict had provisions for a law that could modify the LG's
executive power. He referred to paragraph 95 of the Constitution Bench's
judgment, which expressly mentioned that if Parliament enacts a law granting
executive power on any subject within the purview of the National Capital
Territory of Delhi (NCTD), the LG's executive power will be modified
Furthermore, Malviya pointed out that Section 49 of the
Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) Act states that both
the LG and the Council of Ministers must adhere to specific directions issued
by the President on certain occasions.
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