Opposition leaders on Saturday accused the Modi government of “bulldozing the Constitutional federal framework” after it brought an ordinance that gives the Centre-appointed lieutenant governor the final say on the postings and transfers of all bureaucrats serving the Delhi government.
The ordinance, promulgated by President Droupadi Murmu, effectively negates the May 11 Supreme Court verdict stating that the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has legislative power over bureaucrats excluding the departments of public order, police and land.
At a press conference, Kejriwal said that the ordinance was unconstitutional and a “direct challenge” to the Supreme Court.
“We will approach the Supreme Court against it,” he added. “The Centre introduced the ordinance on services matter just hours after the apex court has shut for vacation…I will also go to people, door to door, in Delhi and AAP will also take to the streets against the ordinance because it snatches powers of Delhi people.”
My reactions to the ordinance passed by central govt. https://t.co/J98kB4H7Wj
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 20, 2023
The Delhi chief minister also described the ordinance, which has to be ratified by Parliament within six months, as “an attack on the federal structure”.
He urged Opposition parties not to let this bill pass in the Rajya Sabha, adding that he will meet political leaders…