Saturday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet with his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao in Hyderabad to seek his support in opposing the Centre’s ordinance returning control of’services’ to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor.
Friday, Kejriwal tweeted, “Meeting CM of Telangana tomorrow in Hyderabad to seek support against the unconstitutional and undemocratic ordinance passed by the BJP government against the orders of the Supreme Court.”
On Saturday, Kejriwal will talk to KCR.
Tomorrow’s meeting with the Chief Minister of Telangana will be the latest in a succession of meetings between AAP leaders and leaders of opposition parties from different states.
The Central government has issued an ordinance to establish a permanent authority known as the National Capital Civil Service Authority, whose chairperson will be the chief minister of Delhi, along with the chief secretary of Delhi and the principal secretary of Delhi’s home department.
The National Capital Civil Service Authority will make recommendations to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi regarding transfer posting, vigilance, and other incidental matters. In the event of a disagreement, however, the L-G’s decision shall be conclusive.
On May 11, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court ruled that it is optimal for a democratically elected Delhi government to have control over its officers and that the L-G is obligated by the advice of the elected government in all matters except public order, police, and land.
The supreme court emphasized that if the government is unable to supervise and hold accountable the officers in its employ, its responsibility towards the legislature and the public is diminished.
The ordinance was enacted after the supreme court granted the Delhi government jurisdiction over matters pertaining to services, including the transfer and assignment of officers.