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Supreme Court verdict on AAP vs LG: What politicians said

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday made it clear that the lieutenant governor of Delhi can’t act independently of the state government, can’t be obstructionist toward what is an elected government and is not superior to the elected chief minister. A range of reactions to the verdict followed. Here are some of them:

**Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief minister: “A big victory for the people of Delhi…a big victory for democracy…”

**Sambit Patra, BJP: “It is a good thing that the Supreme Court upheld the Constitution of India and gave a decision against anarchy. We have seen Kejriwal raising politics of dharna and anarchy. He has never tried to work harmoniously. The Supreme Court has dealt a severe blow to Kejriwal. He should now leave the politics of anarchy and move towards governance.”

**Manish Sisodia, Delhi deputy chief minister: “On behalf of people of Delhi I thank the hon’ble Supreme Court wholeheartedly. The people’s chosen government can now take decisions for the people of Delhi.”

**Sheila Dixit, former Congress chief minister of Delhi: “I think what the SC has said is very clear. As per Article 239 (AA) of the Constitution, Delhi is not a state, it is a UT (Union Territory). If the Delhi government and the lieutenant governor (LG) don’t work together then Delhi will face problems. The Congress ruled Delhi for 15 years, no conflict took place then.”

** Abhishek Singhvi, Congress spokesman: “In principle, good judgement for Delhi, irrespective of politics or governments. Why should LG act beyond 3 reserved powers? Equal responsibility on NCT government to exercise its powers (minus 3 reserved areas) responsibly and not have confrontational and deliberately provocative stand on every issue.”

**Soli Sorabjee, former attorney general of India: “It’s a good verdict by Supreme Court. LG and Delhi government have to work harmoniously, can’t always have confrontation. Daily squabbles are not good for democracy. I welcome the decision.”

**Ajay Maken, senior Congress leader and former Union minister: Now, since the apex court has clarified about the powers in Delhi, we hope that the development which has been stalled, ever since the Congress was voted out of power four years ago-will start again.”

**Sitaram Yechury, CPM general secretary: The role of LGs and Governors and their misuse has been brought into sharp focus by today’s judgement. BJP’s charade of cooperative federalism and in reality, destroying our federal structure is condemnable. LGs/Governors cannot usurp rights of an elected state government.”

** Manoj Tiwari, president of Delhi BJP: “Arvind Kejriwal ji, now don’t spread anarchy, the Constitution is supreme, now start following constitution and work for betterment of Delhiites !!”

** Subramanian Swamy, BJP Rajya Sabha MP: “Yes, what the SC said is correct that LG must respect Delhi cabinet decisions, but if any anti-national security or anti-constitutional decision is taken, which they are capable of taking, as they are Naxalite type people, then LG can oppose.”

** Jayant Chaudhary, Lok Dal leader: “SC decision makes it clear that elected government responsible for Delhi; what will be the reply of LG, Central Govt and PM Narendra Modi who created constitutional crisis in Delhi for past 3 years for political gains.”

**N Kohli, BJP leader: “Don’t understand how Delhi government is claiming this to be a victory? Their main plank was that this is a state whereas court has unequivocally said it’s not a state. They said they had exclusive executive control that was rejected too. This is a UT, Centre has a role to play:

** Manjinder Sirsa, Shiromani Akali Dal: “Today’s judgement has once again proved how CM @ArvindKejriwal has wasted last 3.5 years using the EXCUSE of full statehood to hide FAILURES of his government. The power tussle started by Kejriwal has digressed Delhi causing irreparable loss to Delhi’s development.”

Dipankar Bhattacharya, CPI (ML) leader: “Welcome vindication of the powers of an elected government in a federal framework.”

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