Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia warned government employees on Wednesday that the high court verdict on Delhi’s administrative jurisdiction entailed no change in the AAP government’s approach of zero tolerance against corruption.
The government will continue its fight against corruption and “no order will stop us from fighting against corruption”, Sisodia said while addressing a gathering of tax officials and winners of the ‘bill banvao inam pao scheme’ of the trade and taxes department.
The statement comes a week after the court ruled that the lieutenant governor is the ‘administrator’ of Delhi, which is essentially a Union Territory.
The AAP government and the L-G office were locked in a turf war over administrative jurisdiction. Transfer, posting and suspension of officials were major sticking points between the two.
“Many people are saying the HC verdict is out and now the Delhi govt has no powers. Don’t mind, but there are many officers…jinka dhanda pani band ho gaya tha (who are no longer being able to make money), who have started thinking that the system would now get centralised. I warn all such people...no order will stop us from fighting against corruption.”
“We didn’t leave our homes to make a career in politics, but to check loot of public money. Then, we neither had chair (power) nor anyone knew us. We don’t derive our power because we hold some chair’, but from our zeal and intent to fight out corruption. We can take this fight forward if you (people) are with us,” he said.
Sisodia raised the “relevance” of an elected government in Delhi and the actual power of the voter when “we the people is considered supreme in the Constitution”.
Sisodia distributed cash prizes to 49 winners of the sixth draw of the ‘bll banvao inaam pao scheme’. Two winners were awarded with a cash prize of R 50,000 each.