It has turned into a full-fledged battle of supremacy between chief minister Sheila Dikshit and lieutenant governor Tejendra Khanna.
According to highly placed sources, the chief minister on Saturday decided to stick with the proposal made by her cabinet on increasing circle rates (the minimum rate at which the properties can be sold) in the Capital and completely ignore the suggestions made by the lieutenant governor.
In a specially convened meeting of her Cabinet in less than 24 hours of coming from a four-day trip to Japan, Dikshit formed a committee of five senior-most officers of her government to prepare a note on why Delhi government was not bound to accommodate L-G’s suggestions on the issue, the source said.
The note, said a senior Delhi government officer, would be first discussed in the cabinet next week and would be sent along with the file of circle rate to L-G for approval.
Taking tough stand on L-G’s action, Delhi ministers agreed that cabinet decision should prevail on the issue.
“When the cabinet had cleared the proposal to increase circle rates by 100% across the Capital, the Opposition had made a representation to the L-G that it would affect the pockets of lower and lower middle class. If Delhi government agrees to accommodate L-G’s suggestions, the Opposition would claim that the government bowed down to the pressure built by them,” a highly placed source said who was privy to the cabinet meeting held at the CM’s residence on Friday afternoon.
Dikshit has also asked her colleagues not to discuss the issue with the media.
Sources said she has also decided to convince the Congress brass that it would be a political victory of the Opposition (BJP) if the government succumbed to L-G’s demands.