There are no grey areas in the Supreme Court’s judgment that real power rests with the council of ministers in Delhi and not the Lieutenant Governor, said Senior Advocate in the apex court, KTS Tulsi.
“This judgement appears to be the strongest indictment of the BJP government at the Centre,” Tulsi told BloombergQuint in an interview. According to him, the state government’s decision on all state subjects besides police, land and public order is binding on the Lieutenant Governor. The apex court’s judgment is an affirmation that there is no question of the LG interfering in the governance of the National Capital Territory, said the senior advocate.
The Supreme Court today ruled that the Lieutenant Governor cannot act as an obstructionist in policy decisions of the union territory. All decisions of the government must be conveyed to the Lieutenant Governor, but his concurrence is not needed in all matters, Chief Justice Of India Dipak Misra said, handing Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party a victory in its ongoing tussle with the Lieutenant Governor appointed by the central government.
Subhash Kashyap, former Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha was sceptical when asked if the Delhi government can put the power tussle with the LG to rest and resume work.
The basic problem is that of working in cooperation and not in confrontation... If they act in a spirit of confrontation and not cooperation, then the administration is bound to become dysfunctional.Subhash Kashyap, Former Secretary-General, Lok Sabha
Watch the full interview with Subhash Kashyap, Former Secretary-General, Lok Sabha and KTS Tulsi, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court: