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The Delhi government today thanked the Supreme Court for its "historic" verdict which ended the "obstructionist" role of Lt Governor and the "manipulations" of opposition by empowering the elected representatives of people.
Speaking during the Monsoon session of the Delhi Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was referring to the July 4 verdict of the apex court which held that
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal did not have independent decision-making powers and was bound to act on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.
Sisodia said several months were "wasted" as important proposals of the government, including educational loans, mohalla clinics, patient welfare committees and health insurance were delayed due to the "obstructionist role" of the L-G.
"With its clear verdict on aid and advise provision and powers of elected government on subjects barring three reserved entries, the apex court also did away with any scope of manipulation by the opposition," he said during a discussion in the House on the Supreme Court's verdict on powers of the elected government in Delhi.
The senior AAP leader also slammed the BJP legislators, saying the opposition was "master of manipulation".
However, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta hit out at the AAP government for "misinterpreting" the apex court verdict.
"The Delhi High Court verdict of (August 4, 2016) specifically upheld the Centre's notification of May 21, 2015, that the L-G will discharge the Union's 'functions'........in respect of services.
"The Supreme Court did not rule on this notification and the powers conferred on L-G under Article 239AA of the Constitution are operative," he argued.
The contentious services matter that includes transfers and postings of Delhi government officials continues to be a bone of contention between the AAP government and Lt Governor of Delhi.
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