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Delhi power tussle: Centre downplays SC verdict, ruling not against govt

Noting that the ruling has not gone against the Centre, he said law and order, police and land are the domain of the central government and not the Delhi government

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Arvind Kejriwal, Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal
(R-L) Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

The government on Wednesday sought to downplay the verdict on Delhi's statehood issue, saying the constitutional bench has only underlined the special status of as not being a 'state' in the conventional sense.

A senior government functionary, who did not want to be quoted, also said the judgment has made it clear that cannot frame laws which are in contravention of laws being implemented by the Centre.

"is a special area and the Lt Governor is not like other governors. Therefore, the main pleas of the government have been rejected by the Supreme Court," the functionary said.

Noting that the ruling has not gone against the Centre, he said law and order, police and land are the domain of the central government and not the  

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In a landmark verdict, the unanimously held that Delhi cannot be accorded the status of a state but clipped the powers of the LG, saying he has no "independent decision-making power" and has to act on the aid and advice of the elected government. 

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The judgement by a five-judge constitution bench headed by laid down broad parameters for the governance of the capital, which has witnessed a bitter power tussle between the Centre and since the government came to power in 2014.

First Published: Wed, July 04 2018. 23:23 IST
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