Political battles in India never cease to exist. The tussle for power is a constant in the subcontinent. One such high strung battle was the one that happened in the heart, the capital of the country, Delhi itself. This case was one on which the eyes of many, especially people related to the seven Union Territories were set upon.
The tussle started long ago between the government of Delhi and its Lieutenant Governor. As we all know, Delhi is a Union Territory and the rules and regulations for the UTs are slightly different from that of the states. According to rules, the Governor has access to the highest power in a Union Territory. But this is also the same reason which started the conflict.
According to the allegations, the Aam Aadmi Party, which is the ruling power of Delhi had continuously faced problems and bumped head with the Governor. Decisions taken by the government body, even after being approved of by the legislature were frequently rejected if it did not go according to the wishes of the governor. But things took the extreme turn when Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal rejected a proposal by the government regarding installing CCTV cameras all across the city, especially for women’s safety. After this incident, the AAP took to the street and demonstrated a dharna in front of the Governor’s officers which included Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal too.
After this, the case reached the court, the main motive behind it being the decision regarding whose decisions access greater power in the UTs. In the initial phase the High Court ruled the case in favour of live Governor, but not being appeased by the decision AAP took the matter to the Supreme Court. Following this, in a historical verdict given yesterday, Chief Justice Dipak Misra, heading a five-judge Constitution Bench, announced that the powers of the state government will exceed that of the Governor in many issues. Two other judges, A K Sikri and A M Khanwilkar, concurred with him. The other two gave separate but mostly similar verdicts. The order is clear that barring police, law and public order, and land, the elected government must be free to run the administration.
The Delhi government is elated with this decision and many other Union territories where similar conditions are in prevalence have also welcomed this decision with great enthusiasm. Now, what the governments of the Union territories do with this newly gained power will be worth looking forward to. We can just hope that it will help in the betterment and development of the Union Territories.