Is BJP impeding AAP govt work in Delhi?

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By Sapan Kapoor

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government’s tussle with LG Najeeb Jung over who should wield the power to rule Delhi seems to be never ending. For the Delhi government on Friday lashed out at the LG for allegedly “intimidating” senior officers and “shunting out an honest bureaucrat fighting against graft”.

While vowing to stand by its bureaucrats through thick and thin, the government has announced the setting up of a panel of three ministers so as to “protect bureaucrats from political victimisation”.

Kejriwal and Jung have been engaged in a war of words for a long time over the issue of transfer and posting of senior bureaucrats in the national capital, with both claiming the power to ‘rule the city’.

Things came to a head when Value Added Tax (VAT) Commissioner Vijay Kumar, who cracked down on organised tax evasion syndicates, was allegedly “shunted out”.

Launching a fresh salvo at the LG, the Delhi government said Jung had threatened several senior officers with dire consequences, including police action, “if they refuse to partake in the exercise of obstructing the functioning of the Delhi government,” adding that, “These officers were told to paralyse the elected AAP government by making adverse and obstructionist file notings against government decisions.”

The government also passed two resolutions against Jung on these issues.

“Why was he (VAT Commissioner Vijay Kumar) suddenly relieved by the hon’ble LG, keeping the chief minister also in the dark? This is not a transfer. This is shunting out of an officer who was fighting against corruption and against deeply entrenched vested interest,” the AAP government said in a statement.

“The cabinet is aghast to learn of these developments. This is a clear attempt to subvert the functioning of a democratically elected government which had come to power with a thumping majority.”

The government said it supported all officers and would even extend legal aid if they were pressurised by anyone. The LG, however, claimed he was simply following the orders of the Centre.

So who should be blamed for the prevailing political unrest in Delhi? That’s a good question to ponder over.

Kejriwal, a few weeks ago, suggested that LG Jung was just a puppet in the hands of PM Narendra Modi and, in fact, a good man under ‘bad political bosses’. Therefore, Kejriwal opined that removing him would serve no purpose as his successor would follow suit and the real solution was to ensure that PMO stopped interfering in the affairs of Delhi government.

However, in my opinion, this issue has more to do with BJP’s overall strategy to ensure that common man’s party is nipped in the bud, that it fails to become a serious alternative to the Congress party and major opposition at the national level to the former.

The AAP supremo seems to have a point, for the good governance model showcased during his 49-day rule apparently made his political opponents uneasy and insecure, especially the BJP. Instances of corruption came down, people stopped asking for bribes, common man’s voices and grievances were heard; or so claims Kejriwal.

He was hailed as the people’s CM. The only thing that remained the same was the pressing issue of crimes against women and children in the national capital as Delhi police was ‘unaccountable’ to the elected government of the state.

That the AAP government ‘succeeded’ in its efforts to bring the much-desired change in Delhi could also be attributed to the fact that the Centre was then ruled by a sympathetic Congress under mild, soft-spoken Manmohan Singh as compared to the Modi sarkar. Kejriwal’s regime also had an outside support of Congress MLAs. Najeeb Jung who was the Lieutenant Governor during the AAP’s 49-day stint apparently did not cross the red-line.

This is precisely why the people of Delhi handed over a thumping majority to the newbie outfit in 2014 Assembly polls; AAP comprehensively won 67 seats out of total 70, trouncing its rivals with a huge margin.

However, this time around Kejriwal (as claimed by him) found a hostile, unsympathetic Centre led by BJP’s Narendra Modi that seemed to be pulling out all the stops to impede his government’s work. Now to Kejriwal’s chagrin, he could not appoint the officials of his choice to various departments and, above all, lost control over the anti-corruption bureau in the Delhi government.

Delhi police continued to cock a snook at Kejriwal (duh).

Who should control Delhi? That is the question over which Kejriwal and Jung have been firing salvos at each other. There is, however, ambiguity over the powers of Delhi government as it is not a full-fledged state, and as per Schedule I of the Constitution continues to be a Union Territory.

States like Delhi and Puducherry enjoy a special status among Union Territories thanks to a number of amendments to the constitution. The will of Parliament prevails in other UTs. However, in the case of Delhi, its state Assembly has the right to legislate on all subjects except some such as law and order and land. In other words, AAP government’s powers are limited and hence the conflict.

However, in my opinion, this issue has more to do with BJP’s overall strategy to ensure that common man’s party is nipped in the bud, that it fails to become a serious alternative to the Congress party and major opposition at the national level to the former.

BJP’s ideological parent, the RSS, fully realising the challenges posed by AAP had warned the saffron party two years ago against the possible onslaught of the newbie while exhorting its political wing to consider Kejriwal’s outfit as a major opponent and obstacle to its road to power.

Having defeated left-leaning Congress comprehensively and reduced it to an all-time low figure in the Parliament, Narendra Modi’s BJP does not wish to cede much space to the AAP, lest it should grow stronger and big enough to counter. Attempts are being made to clip common man’s wings who saw the AAP as a ray of hope and the light at the end of the tunnel.

All right thinking Indians, therefore, must resist this attempt to hinder AAP from realising its full potential, for its idea is too precious to be allowed to fail.

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  • Raj Bhatia

    This strategy of BJP is going to fail & cost them dearly.People are watching & no more novice.There is so much of media coverage.BJP should realize this.Leaders are Satish upadheya are no more relevant in Delhi’s politics.Ms Barkha singh is of same category.BJP & Congress need some deep cleaning in their parties.People don’t even comment on utterings of these bunch now.The role of opposition is reduced to just oppose whether Govt.is doing good or bad.AAP will show its true colours when MCD & police will be under their control.By that time it will be too late for BJP & Congress.

  • Mani

    Biased article nothing new to learn from it, before writing this article the author should have gone through constitution based part of union territory. Why DELHI was made union territory he should have got answers in it.Before comming to power the current non state CM does not know its status? Due to the worst policy of yester leaders these disputes have cropped up by appointing a cm for union territory where both swords can not sit in one scabbard. Ambedkar was un willing to give statehood to DELHI as it houses parliament of nation. Before writing such article I will ask the writer to read first constitution of India. it is like throwing mud on Ambedkar.DOES AUTHOR MEAN THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO POWERS TO CENTRE. IF SO WHAT HE INTENDS TO PROPOSE? THE NON STATE CM OF DELHI if power is given he will vacate even parliament too boasting his powers. Hence he is made a nominal CM not so powerful as rest of states.

  • pranjal khanikar

    Yes, BJP is terribly afraid of common men. Their planning is to place a dictatorship in India, only only speaks in election rallies. And do nothing. Modi’s plan and agenda is how to sell India to Americans and foreigners and then exhibit a total showbiz. He has no plan at all to address the issues of common people and the farmars who are giving the indians food to live and economy to enjoy.

  • dmci

    BJP is impeding through LG and MCD .BJP will lose remaining three seats in the assembly next time.

  • Mani

    why start a discussion when negative comments are deleted.IT is just like sister concern of paapians.
    You say still democratic values hold with you.ASK your writers to give full marks to the article. Is it a paid article by aap?

  • Abhi Ghosh

    NOT ONLY BJP, AAP HAS BECOME A “THREAT” TO ALL THE PREPOSTEROUS TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES …………..

    THAT IS BECAUSE, Only upright AAP can hold head high and shout the slogan “REPUBLIC INDIA ZINDABAD” …………….

    After independence, this country was declared as a Republic Country. But it is very unfortunate that the term “Republic” remained as a mere word of our Constitution …..

    It is neither possible nor ethical to serve the people of this county of 125 Crores of population sitting in an AC room like what it had been practiced since independence by the most preposterous Traditional Political Parties of Representative Democracy indulging Dynasty Politics of vested interests …..

    TO ME, THE PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE POLITICS OF INDIA PRACTICED BY ALL OTHER TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ITSELF UNCONSTITUTIONAL. BECAUSE MERE GIVING VOTES IN EVERY FIVE YEARS CANNOT GIVE BIRTH TO A TRULY “REPUBLIC” INDIA AS OUR CONSTITUTION STATES ……………..

    TILL DATE WE HAVE WITNESSED ONLY THE RULE OF “KHANE AUR KHILANE KA SARKAR”. THAT IS WHY SO FAR DUE TO THE “SCRATCHING OF EACH OTHER’S BACK” SYSTEM OF POLITICS NO CONFLICT OF THIS CYNICAL NATURE WAS SEEN BEFORE !!!

    NOW TO DEMOLISH THE THE GOOD GOVERNANCE OF DELHI STATE GOVERNMENT, ALL “RATS” HAVE GANGED UP AGAINST AAP WHICH KEEPING ITS PROMISES AND PAVING THE WAY FOR A TRULY REPUBLIC INDIA BY PRACTICING THE PARTICIPATORY ALTERNATIVE POLITICS RANAPERENTLY !!!!

    THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE MATTER OF THE FACT, IN THE SATCHEL OF GOOD GOVERNANCE WHERE REWARDS BY GIVING INCENTIVES AND PUNISHMENTS BY ROLLING THE HEADES OF THE PERPETRATORS ARE EXERCISED AND DELIVERED IN A VERY PRECISE AND UNBIASED MANNER THERE IS ALWAYS A CAT WHICH ALL THE RATS FEAR ……….

  • Ramasubramaniam

    Mind you all people have voted for BJP en masse after suffering six decades of MUSLIM rule in the centre.

    So these five years of HINDU rule should be suffered by all and sundry. If someone feels suffocated here, he can get himself relocated to some country, where utopian peace prevails – Pak, Syria, Afghan, Egypt, Sudan, etc where no killing or any form of brutality, caste conflicts, suicide bombings, ethnic cleansing, etc exist. Let the self proclaimed intellectuals, sickly secularists, media critics, Hindu bashers, et al be given a one way ticket to these paradise of peace. They can breathe the secular air for the limited time their heads remain attached to their torso.

    Till the time mandated by the people of this country is fully completed, only the saffron wind will be blowing in all its glory. This is the only land for the HINDUS and so it will remain for eternity.

    As every other country has proclaimed to be for either of the Abrahamic faiths, what is wrong for our country to be declared as the only HINDU NATION in the world.

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  • Raj Bhatia

    This strategy of BJP is going to fail & cost them dearly.People are watching & no more novice.There is so much of media coverage.BJP should realize this.Leaders are Satish upadheya are no more relevant in Delhi’s politics.Ms Barkha singh is of same category.BJP & Congress need some deep cleaning in their parties.People don’t even comment on utterings of these bunch now.The role of opposition is reduced to just oppose whether Govt.is doing good or bad.AAP will show its true colours when MCD & police will be under their control.By that time it will be too late for BJP & Congress.

  • Mani

    Biased article nothing new to learn from it, before writing this article the author should have gone through constitution based part of union territory. Why DELHI was made union territory he should have got answers in it.Before comming to power the current non state CM does not know its status? Due to the worst policy of yester leaders these disputes have cropped up by appointing a cm for union territory where both swords can not sit in one scabbard. Ambedkar was un willing to give statehood to DELHI as it houses parliament of nation. Before writing such article I will ask the writer to read first constitution of India. it is like throwing mud on Ambedkar.DOES AUTHOR MEAN THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO POWERS TO CENTRE. IF SO WHAT HE INTENDS TO PROPOSE? THE NON STATE CM OF DELHI if power is given he will vacate even parliament too boasting his powers. Hence he is made a nominal CM not so powerful as rest of states.

  • pranjal khanikar

    Yes, BJP is terribly afraid of common men. Their planning is to place a dictatorship in India, only only speaks in election rallies. And do nothing. Modi’s plan and agenda is how to sell India to Americans and foreigners and then exhibit a total showbiz. He has no plan at all to address the issues of common people and the farmars who are giving the indians food to live and economy to enjoy.

  • dmci

    BJP is impeding through LG and MCD .BJP will lose remaining three seats in the assembly next time.

  • Mani

    why start a discussion when negative comments are deleted.IT is just like sister concern of paapians.
    You say still democratic values hold with you.ASK your writers to give full marks to the article. Is it a paid article by aap?

  • Abhi Ghosh

    NOT ONLY BJP, AAP HAS BECOME A “THREAT” TO ALL THE PREPOSTEROUS TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES …………..

    THAT IS BECAUSE, Only upright AAP can hold head high and shout the slogan “REPUBLIC INDIA ZINDABAD” …………….

    After independence, this country was declared as a Republic Country. But it is very unfortunate that the term “Republic” remained as a mere word of our Constitution …..

    It is neither possible nor ethical to serve the people of this county of 125 Crores of population sitting in an AC room like what it had been practiced since independence by the most preposterous Traditional Political Parties of Representative Democracy indulging Dynasty Politics of vested interests …..

    TO ME, THE PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE POLITICS OF INDIA PRACTICED BY ALL OTHER TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ITSELF UNCONSTITUTIONAL. BECAUSE MERE GIVING VOTES IN EVERY FIVE YEARS CANNOT GIVE BIRTH TO A TRULY “REPUBLIC” INDIA AS OUR CONSTITUTION STATES ……………..

    TILL DATE WE HAVE WITNESSED ONLY THE RULE OF “KHANE AUR KHILANE KA SARKAR”. THAT IS WHY SO FAR DUE TO THE “SCRATCHING OF EACH OTHER’S BACK” SYSTEM OF POLITICS NO CONFLICT OF THIS CYNICAL NATURE WAS SEEN BEFORE !!!

    NOW TO DEMOLISH THE THE GOOD GOVERNANCE OF DELHI STATE GOVERNMENT, ALL “RATS” HAVE GANGED UP AGAINST AAP WHICH KEEPING ITS PROMISES AND PAVING THE WAY FOR A TRULY REPUBLIC INDIA BY PRACTICING THE PARTICIPATORY ALTERNATIVE POLITICS RANAPERENTLY !!!!

    THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE MATTER OF THE FACT, IN THE SATCHEL OF GOOD GOVERNANCE WHERE REWARDS BY GIVING INCENTIVES AND PUNISHMENTS BY ROLLING THE HEADES OF THE PERPETRATORS ARE EXERCISED AND DELIVERED IN A VERY PRECISE AND UNBIASED MANNER THERE IS ALWAYS A CAT WHICH ALL THE RATS FEAR ……….

  • Ramasubramaniam

    Mind you all people have voted for BJP en masse after suffering six decades of MUSLIM rule in the centre.

    So these five years of HINDU rule should be suffered by all and sundry. If someone feels suffocated here, he can get himself relocated to some country, where utopian peace prevails – Pak, Syria, Afghan, Egypt, Sudan, etc where no killing or any form of brutality, caste conflicts, suicide bombings, ethnic cleansing, etc exist. Let the self proclaimed intellectuals, sickly secularists, media critics, Hindu bashers, et al be given a one way ticket to these paradise of peace. They can breathe the secular air for the limited time their heads remain attached to their torso.

    Till the time mandated by the people of this country is fully completed, only the saffron wind will be blowing in all its glory. This is the only land for the HINDUS and so it will remain for eternity.

    As every other country has proclaimed to be for either of the Abrahamic faiths, what is wrong for our country to be declared as the only HINDU NATION in the world.