Delhi standoff over control of ‘services’ continues


Rapid developments related to the interpretation of the Supreme Court’s recent verdict on the separation of powers between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) elected by the government of Delhi and the Lieutenant Governor were developed here on Friday.

The question of “services” continued to be the apple of discord with neither party willing to compromise on the right to exercise control over the bureaucrats, mainly those belonging to the All India Services table, published in the capital.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who made several consecutive decisions and deleted multiple proposals during the day, announced that he had asked the union’s interior minister, Rajnath Singh, to discuss the issue of services.
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The CM meeting with L-G Anil Baijal, whom he had written on Thursday looking for time to discuss the implications of the verdict on the administration of Delhi, was held in the afternoon.

Although both the CM and the LG described the 25-minute meeting as cordial, Mr. Kejriwal, a few minutes after his conclusion, held a press conference in which he accused the Center of being part of a “conspiracy” to “paralyze” the government of Delhi on the issue of control of the ‘Services’, in alleged contravention of the SC verdict.

Calling it a “dangerous precedent,” Mr. Kejriwal said that a government of the Center that allegedly opted to act against the orders of the Supreme Court would lead to “anarchy” in the country.