AAP MLAs seeks clarity over jurisdiction in Delhi Assembly

As the Delhi Assembly’s four-day session commences from Monday, Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators have entered the Assembly seeking clarity on the powers that they have.

The issue of the arrest of AAP MLAs is expected to be raised by the ruling party members too. “After the court order, most MLAs are in a doubt over rights of the Assembly and government and want to seek clarity over the issue. In view of this, they will table resolution on the floor of the House asking the Delhi government to move Supreme Court,” a party functionary said.

During the four-day session the AAP MLAs have decided to bring in resolutions in the House against Delhi Police and the BJP government at the Centre, demanding the Delhi government’s approach the apex court.

The Kejriwal government has already announced that it will move the Supreme Court against the HC verdict which had ruled that LG is the administrative head of Delhi on August 4.

AAP MLA from Rajouri Garden Jarnail Singh said legislators will seek more clarity on the powers of the Delhi Assembly and the government in the House after the HC order.

“The issue about the confusion over the recent High Court order will certainly be raised. We will seek more clarity on the powers of the Delhi Assembly and the government.

“In other places, the government has the power to directly present the bill before Assembly, but in Delhi the situation is the other way round. Legislations require prior sanction of the LG,” Singh said.

Whether in the Assembly or outside, this single issue has dominated all other important issues related to common man. Over and again the issue of granting statehood to Delhi has emerged as the single-point agenda of the ruling government.

“Granting statehood to Delhi is an ongoing issue, which we’re taking up in every platform. The other problems are arising due to absence of it. It can’t be ignored in the Assembly session,” the party functionary added.

However, Constitutional experts feel that nothing worth will come out of this four-day session, as it’ll be a futile exercise.

“There can’t be a government within a government. Right from the beginning, and even after Delhi got its first CM and an Assembly, it’s under the Government of India. Since there has been no change in rules and regulations and transaction of business procedures, the status remains the same,” said former secretary, Delhi Assembly, SK Sharma.

“There are ample references in our constitutional history and legislations were passed that clearly show that National Capital Territory (Delhi) can’t be under local government or local administration. Constitutionally, Delhi is a quasi-state with the L-G as the state head. He also has the control over law and order and land in the NCT. Debating on this issue every time especially in the assembly session seems a futile exercise,” he added.

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