Dikshit-Khanna standoff on circle rates continues
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna, who are locked in a bitter tiff over fixing of new circle rates for the city's colonies, today refused to comment over the issue even as the state cabinet is set to discuss the matter tomorrow.delhi Updated: Nov 14, 2010 19:50 IST
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna, who are locked in a bitter tiff over fixing of new circle rates for the city's colonies, today refused to comment over the issue even as the state cabinet is set to discuss the matter tomorrow.
As the stalemate over announcing the new rates continued, Dikshit and Khanna attending separate functions here parried volley of questions from the reporter over the issue that has become a bone of contention between the two.
"I will not comment over the issue," Dikshit said here at a function.
Delhi Cabinet deliberated on the issue last Friday after Khanna returned the file pertaining to it for the second time insisting that his recommendations for revision of the rate for certain colonies should be accepted by the government.
Highly placed sources said that the state government is not keen to make any recommendations made by Khanna.
Khanna refused to approve the proposed rate and had recommended revision for colonies under F, G and H categories, they said.
The Lt Governor in his recommendation said circle rates should be increased further in top colonies whereas rates should be slashed where basic infrastructure is not up to the mark.
However, taking a serious view at Khanna's refusal to approve the proposed rate, Dikshit had convened an emergency meeting of her Cabinet on Friday after returning from Japan a day before.
Sources in the LG's office said if Cabinet sticks to its earlier position and sends back the file without any changes, then Khanna has the option of referring the file to Union Home Ministry for suggestion and recommendation.
Meanwhile, a Revenue department official said the government was not bound to send the file again to the Lt Governor and it has power to issue notification for implementing the Cabinet decision.
"We are not bound to send files relating to transferred subjects," he said even as the main Opposition BJP has termed the differences between the two as a "constitutional crisis."
Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, VK Malhotra has said that it is perhaps for the first time that the Lt Governor has twice rejected the Cabinet's decision and sent it back for reconsideration.