Centre aims to usurp Delhi’s powers: AAP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 27, 2015 09:04 IST

The Constitution should be amended to enable state legislatures to impeach governors and lieutenant governors, an Aam Aadmi Party MLA demanded in the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday.

Participating in the debate in a special two-day session on the home ministry notification that curbed administrative powers of the Delhi government, Adarsh Shastri said a resolution should be passed to amend the Constitution.

“We should pass a resolution asking Parliament to review the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission and the Articles 155 and 156 of the Constitution to allow state legislatures to impeach governors and lieutenant governors,” said Shastri during the discussion.

However, the Delhi government later clarified that Shastri’s demand was being misinterpreted as a resolution for powers to impeach the L-G and it was his personal view.

At the beginning of the session, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia tabled a resolution against the MHA notification.

“I believe that this is encroachment on Delhi assembly’s rights. The democratic spirit of the Constitution was sidelined while issuing this notification. It was an insult to the biggest mandate the people of Delhi had given in the assembly polls,” said Sisodia.

Questioning the centre’s intentions, Sisodia said while taking action against a murderer, you won’t see if he is an employee of the central government or Delhi government.

AAP MLAs unanimously spoke against the notification during the debate and demanded that the notification should be ignored.

Later in the day, AAP MLA Somnath Bharti moved a private member’s resolution declaring MHA’s notification as unconstitutional and invalid.

Bharti said if needed, he will move court against the notification.

AAP MLAs also targeted the L-G during the debate. “The L-G tried to influence probes conducted by the ACB. The governor of almost every state was changed but not Delhi’s L-G,” said AAP MLA Alka Lamba.

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