A selected official can’t rule a state that has elected representatives, says Sisodia

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2016 21:29 IST
Manish Sisodia was speaking at the Delhi assembly on Monday. (Virendra Singh Gosain/ Hindustan Times)

Taking a dig at the lieutenant governor, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday in the Delhi assembly that voter was bigger than the elected and the elected bigger than the selected. He questioned how a ‘selected’ official (the L-G) can govern Delhi when the city has elected representatives.

“Our fight is against the idea that Delhi will be governed by the L-G despite an elected government. When we contested elections, we knew that law and order, police and land were not under our control,” he said at the four-day session of the Assembly.

Sisodia was referring to the Delhi high court’s verdict that all decisions taken by the Delhi government have to be cleared by the lieutenant governor.

The L-G should cooperate with us on other subjects like he did with the other governments. We believe the elector is bigger than the elected and the elected is bigger than the selected. The weight of someone’s vote in Uttar Pradesh should be the same as the weight of a Delhiite,” he said.

Sisodia said the Centre wants to govern Delhi via President’s rule.

“If it was up to them (Bharatiya Janata Party), they would tear the calendar and turn back time so that February 10, 2015 never comes,” Sisodia said.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government was elected on February 10 last year.

Sisodia said the opposition had a problem with the AAP government’s style of working because the party challenged traditional norms and worked for the poor.

Party MLAs said they were answerable to the public but since work was stalled, they were not being able to give answers.

“Delhi would have become ‘jannat’ had the Centre not put a spanner in our works. For us, a manifesto is a contractual obligation. It might be a julma for others. We are accountable to the public,” said Malviya Nagar MLA, Somnath Bharati.

AAP legislators said they pin their hopes on the Supreme Court.

“The high court might have ruled against us but we are looking at the Supreme Court. It has ruled against the Centre in the case of President’s rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh,” said Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj.

Leader of the opposition Vijender Gupta said the AAP government had chosen the path of confrontation.

“Other governments, with who the BJP can never be on the same page ideologically, have been working in their respective states without trouble. AAP has chosen the path of confrontation. We will support the government if it is ready to work according to the constitution,” he said.

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