Another political showdown in Delhi: Centre returns 14 AAP govt bills

In a setback to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi, the central government on Friday returned as many as 14 pending bills of the state government in the capital. The central government's move could well spark off a fresh confrontation with the Delhi government, close on the heels of the controversy over 21 MLAs being appointed as parliamentary secretaries.

The Jan Lokpal Bill was among the 14 bills returned, as reported by CNN-News18.

The action of the union government drew a sharp response from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The AAP supremo, in a series of tweets, alleged that the union government is creating impediments in every aspect of the state government's functioning.

"Should the Centre have the right to block every law of the Delhi government? Is the Central government the headmaster of the Delhi government?," Kejriwal said.

Speaking to Times Now, Congress leader Haroon Yusuf said, "It appears that Kejriwal is not serious about getting anything done. When we were in government, we followed the Constitution. We would first send bills to the Lieutenant-General for approval."

Yusuf claimed that Kejriwal did not want the Jan Lokpal bill, an anti-corruption legislation, to be passed.

Reacting to the decision of the centre, AAP leader Somnath Bharti questioned why the central government took a year to return the bills, as reported by CNN-News18.

Updated Date: Jun 24, 2016 18:45:48 IST