New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday welcomed the Delhi High Court decision that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government cannot supersede constitutional provisions and rule like "anarchists".
The Congress too attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for wasting taxpayers' money on unnecessary litigation to fulfill his "political ambition".
"The high court's decision is correct because they were not following the constitutional provisions in Delhi. They were superseding the constitutional provisions, which is unconstitutional," Delhi BJP unit chief Satish Upadhyay told IANS.
Hon'ble High Court has shown d mirror to Kejriwal. A tight slap on anarchist CM's face. Kejri shud come out of his hideout & apologise now.
— Satish Upadhyay (@upadhyaysbjp) August 4, 2016
— BJP Delhi (@BJPDelhiState) August 4, 2016
The Delhi High Court on Thursday said that the Lt Governor (LG) is not bound by the aid and advice of the Delhi government's council of ministers. It added that the Delhi government's notifications must be issued after consulting the Lt Governor.
"The court has made it clear to them that they (the government) have to govern Delhi under the constitutional provisions," the BJP leader said, adding, "The role of the LG and Chief Minister is defined in the Constitution for an union territory."
Coming back at Kejriwal for the frequent spats between Centre and state government, Sambit Patra also took to twitter. He said that with the verdict out and no one to blame, the Delhi CM may now allege that the high court is not letting his government work.
After the verdict by the HC, hopefully Mr Kejriwal doesn't resort to his usual self & say "Modi ji ki High Court kam karne nahi de rahi hai"
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) August 4, 2016
BJP leader Bhupendra Yadav also said that he hoped that now "the theatrics" may end.
Now when Delhi HC has put to rest ignorance of Kejriwal Govt on d Constitution, Hope good sense will prevail over them & theatrics will end.
— Bhupender Yadav (@byadavbjp) August 4, 2016
Senior Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee told IANS, "Kejriwal has wasted 18 months of his governance in a standstill mode and in this duration he has only manufactured conflict with the LG. It is just Kejriwal's desire to have more power than what has been given to him by the Constitution."
"Kejriwal has been wasting Delhi taxpayers' money in litigations without keeping in mind the welfare of those who gave him a huge mandate to bring changes and better their lives," Mukherjee alleged.
"He is wasting taxpayers' money to publicise himself by giving full page advertisements in states like Gujarat, Punjab and Goa, which have nothing to do with Delhi's administration," she said. "This is only furthering his political ambition."
Speaking to the same tune, senior Congress leader, Ajay Maken also took to twitter. He said that the 18 months that Kejriwal has spent in power have been entirely wasted in the power tussle between the LG and CM, alleging that this has brought the state to a standstill.
High Court rules against Kejriwal Govt!
Upheld Lt Governor notifications-
LG-Kejriwal spat wasted 18 months-brought Delhi to a standstill.
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) August 4, 2016
Aam Aadmi Party defended itself saying they will move the Supreme Court to challenge the judgement. AAP leader Ashutosh told CNN News 18 that the party is fighting for democracy and not supremacy. He also said that they don't consider it a setback. While, on the other hand, Ashish Khetan took to twitter, taking a dig at the central government.
— Ashish Khetan (@AashishKhetan) August 4, 2016
In a major set-back for the AAP government, the court also added that the that Anti-Corruption Branch cannot initiate investigation against central government officials.
The court's judgement came on nine different petitions arising out of the spat between the Lt Governor and Delhi's AAP government over the power to appoint bureaucrats in the national capital and other issues.