End this farce immediately, because Delhi deserves better!

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Raja Swaminathan

 

There’s an old Turkish proverb “Two captains will sink the ship”.

And that is precisely what is happening with Delhi at the moment.

Until 1991, Delhi was a Union Territory, with administrative powers and responsibilities rested with a Lieutenant Governor, a representative of government of India.

Since 1992, Delhi, or rather the broader National Capital Territory , has got a special status – created by an amendment to the Constitution of India. As a result, though it still has an LG, it now also has its own Legislative Assembly comprising members chosen by the people through elections. It also has a Council of Ministers and a Chief Minister.

The amendment, as well as a set of rules called the “Transaction of Business of the National Capital Territory of Delhi Rules, 1993”, attempt to define the roles and responsibilities of Delhi administration, particularly with regard to terms of engagement between the government of India and the NCT government.

But successive CMs in the past expressed their displeasure at this arrangement. Due to the limitations, the elected members have always felt the heat from their electorate, who care less whether they have limited or no authority at all in several matters affecting them.

Chances of conflict are likely to be minimum if the same party is in power in both the centre and state. If however, they are ruled by different parties, it creates unnecessary conflicts particularly in the case of Delhi, which is both a union territory and a state. Those who suffer the most in this process are the ordinary citizens, who are only interested in results and couldn’t care much about the politics involved.

 

So until now, for 23 years, Delhi has been functioning with this peculiar arrangement.  Whether the elected governments liked it or not, whether citizens liked it or not, this was the Delhi they got. At least citizens could now vote for a local government – something they could not do before 1992. And with the explosive growth in Delhi’s population (16.3 million according to 2011 census and has more population than Himachal Pradesh), this seemed to be one way to let citizens have their say in choosing their representatives for good governance.

Earlier this year we saw the rise of Aam Aadmi Party, which won a historic mandate by winning 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi assembly. The party led by Arvind Kejriwal made several commitments to the Delhi voters. And while AAP appears determined to fulfill those promises, it is apparent that the central government is creating hurdles in their way of providing good governance.

AAP is therefore demanding full statehood as a solution to empower an elected government to deliver to its constituents. Unlike other parties, AAP is not likely to accept the status quo quietly.

They will push for full statehood and considering the BJP had also endorsed this for Delhi before the elections, in theory AAP should be having their support. The reality, however, may be different though.

In any case, I think this is an opportunity to set Delhi’s structure right, once and for all. The 23 years of co-existence has masked the structural issues of Delhi.

If full statehood isn’t seen as the right solution, I would throw in the possibility of reverting to Delhi as a Union Territory. This might seem regressive to many – and in some senses, it is – but it is a far more honest structure than the current farce and contraption. It will mean disenfranchisement for Delhi’s millions but that’s the price they then pay.

So, we either we have full statehood with a government, which has powers without any exclusion or no statehood, with Delhi returning to pre- 1992 status. The government of India then would have full accountability, and of course, authority.

Lastly, we need to keep this apolitical. This isn’t about a political party – AAP or the BJP or the Congress. This is about Delhi and its people.

The people should ALWAYS be the first reason to change a system or structure. Ostensibly, 1992 was also done with the people of Delhi in mind. After 23 years, the flaws are there for all to see. It is time now to address this, once and for all. Because, Delhi deserves better.

 

NOTE: Views expressed are the author’s own. Janta Ka Reporter does not endorse any of the views, facts, incidents mentioned in this piece.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Kejriwal’s critics are wrong: His battle with L-G is ugly, but good for Delhi – Firstpost

    IT SEEMS EVERYTHING IS CONSTITUTIONAL WHETHER IT IS CORRUPT OR NOT, FROM DIVISIVE POLITICS PRECIPITATING RIOTS TO SALMAN KHAN’S “HIT AND RUN”, EXCEPT AAM AADMI THOSE WHO NEVER WANTED TO BUCKLE UNDER THE PRESSURE OF THE CORRUPT SYSTEMS AND TAKEN THE CHALLENGE TO BRING THE CHANGE……..

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

    ALL THE CORRUPTS IRRESPECTIVE OF ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ANY POLITICAL PARTY ARE TRYING TO NIP THE STYLE OF ALTERNATIVE POLITICS BY AAP IN THE BUD. AAP GOVERNMENT’S SUCCESS IN DELIVERING GOOD GOVERNANCE BY CURBING CORRUPTION AND KEEPING PROMISES IS A THREAT TO ANY TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTY NOW …………………..

    WHAT AN IRONY, WE ARE DEBATING IN A DEMOCRATIC INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC COUNTRY THAT WHO WILL BE GOVERNING OUR STATE CAPITAL DELHI, A SELECTED LG AS COLONIAL VICEROYS OR AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT BLESSED BY A STUPENDOUS MANDATE ???????????????

    KEJRIWAL’S BATTLE IS NOT ONLY GOOD FOR DELHI ALONE, IT IS GOOD FOR ANY UPRIGHT GOVERNANCE WHICH WANTS TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION ………..

    LIFE IS ALWAYS A BATTLE FIELD ………….
    THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH IS,
    Life is neither a bed of roses nor a bed of thorns. Life is a battlefield where Sincerity is your sword and Honesty is your shield…………
    Ride upon HIS chariot, be UNBEATABLE…………..

    AAP IS UNBEATABLE NOW …………….

  2. Kejriwal’s critics are wrong: His battle with L-G is ugly, but good for Delhi – Firstpost

    IT SEEMS EVERYTHING IS CONSTITUTIONAL WHETHER IT IS CORRUPT OR NOT, FROM DIVISIVE POLITICS PRECIPITATING RIOTS TO SALMAN KHAN’S “HIT AND RUN”, EXCEPT AAM AADMI THOSE WHO NEVER WANTED TO BUCKLE UNDER THE PRESSURE OF THE CORRUPT SYSTEMS AND TAKEN THE CHALLENGE TO BRING THE CHANGE……..

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

    ALL THE CORRUPTS IRRESPECTIVE OF ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ANY POLITICAL PARTY ARE TRYING TO NIP THE STYLE OF ALTERNATIVE POLITICS BY AAP IN THE BUD. AAP GOVERNMENT’S SUCCESS IN DELIVERING GOOD GOVERNANCE BY CURBING CORRUPTION AND KEEPING PROMISES IS A THREAT TO ANY TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTY NOW …………………..

    WHAT AN IRONY, WE ARE DEBATING IN A DEMOCRATIC INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC COUNTRY THAT WHO WILL BE GOVERNING OUR STATE CAPITAL DELHI, A SELECTED LG AS COLONIAL VICEROYS OR AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT BLESSED BY A STUPENDOUS MANDATE ???????????????

    LIFE IS ALWAYS A BATTLE FIELD ………….
    THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH IS,
    Life is neither a bed of roses nor a bed of thorns. Life is a battlefield where Sincerity is your sword and Honesty is your shield…………
    Ride upon HIS chariot, be UNBEATABLE…………..

    AAM AADMI SHOULD HAVE TO BE MORE VOCAL TO BRING THE CHANGE,TO MAKE AAP UNBEATABLE BECAUSE KEJRIWAL’S BATTLE IS NOT ONLY GOOD FOR DELHI ALONE, IT IS GOOD FOR ANY UPRIGHT GOVERNANCE WHICH WANTS TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION ………..

  3. The author says “And while AAP appears determined to fulfill those promises, it is apparent that the central government is creating hurdles in their way of providing good governance.” Can he/she also provide proof of the same. And not mask his opinions in midst of other facts about the amendments.

    • don’t you think the reason for writing this article itself gives you enough proof? Can you give one proof for otherwise?

    • KUCH TO SHARAM KARO !!!!! :- YES, LG NAJIB IS VERY TRUE, NOT ONLY THE WHOLE NATION, THIS HYPOCRISY OF COLONIAL RULE OVER THE ELECTED GOVERNMENT OF DELHI BY BJP’S “VICEROY”, SELECTED LG SAHAB, IS BEING WATCHED BY OVERSEAS ALSO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      WHAT VESTED INTEREST LG IS HAVING EXCEPT APPEASING HIS “MASTER” BJP REGARDING HIS RIDICULOUS RULE OVER DELHI ????

      IS LG A FOOL, CAN’T HE UNDERSTAND THAT MORE HIS ATTITUDE TOWARDS AAP GOVERNMENT WILL BE INTIMIDATING, MORE HIS CONSTITUTIONAL POST WILL GET HUMILIATED ????????

      WHAT MAKES LG TO THINK THAT HIS “DISAPPOINTMENT” IS THE LAST WORD IN INDIA ???????????????HAS THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF A GOVERNMENT WITH STUPENDOUS MANDET CARRIES NO SENSE IN INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC INDIA ???????????????

      LG told me “no need to come to office” from tomorrow, it will be locked: Swati Maliwal

      JANTAKAREPORTER.COM
      http://www.jantakareporter.com

      IF LG FINDS ANY AMBIGUITY IN DCW POSTING, IF NOT SATISFIED AFTER TALKING TO AAP GOVERNMENT, HE CAN UTMOST REFER IT TO HON. PRESIDENT OF INDIA, BUT HOW HE DARES TO LOCK DCW OFFICE ??????

      THE “MONARCH” OF DELHI, BJP’S MODI KEPT A CONSTITUTIONALY IMUNED “SHEKHANDI” NAJIB JUNG, THE LG, THROUGH WHICH MODI IS TRYING TO MONOPOLISE DELHI AS HIS OWN KINGDOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      THE “MONARCHY” OF MODI IS SPREADING ANARCHY AMONG DELHIITES SATISFYING HIS EGO AND TAKING REVENGE ON THE PEOPLE OF DELHI THROUGH LG AND DELHI POLICE AS MODI GOT TOTALLY CORNERED IN ELECTORAL POLITICS IN DELHI BY AAP !!!!!!!!!

      AS EVERY TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTY, BJP IS ADAMANT THAT IT WILL NOT ALLOW TO FLOURISH THE ALTERNATIVE CLEAN PARTICIPATORY POLITICS BY AAP DELIVERING HONEST GOOD GOVERNANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      IN THE SATCHEL OF GOOD GOVERNANCE WHERE REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS ARE BEING EXERCISED AND DELIVERED IN A PRECISE AND UNBIASED MANNER THERE IS ALWAYS A CAT WHICH ALL THE RATS FEAR ………………

      BEING A SHROUD POLITICIAN MODI KNOWS THAT AAP IS THE ONLY THREAT TO ALL CORRUPTS AS WELL AS ALL CORRUPT TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTIES OF INDIA INCLUDING HIS OWN PARTY BJP. SO MODI IS TRYING TO NIP THE STYLE OF AAP’S ALTERNATIVE HONEST POLITICS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      THIS IS ALSO EVIDENT, WHAT WE SAW IN DEALING WITH ACB. BUT ALL THE HEINOUS EFFORTS TO SMOTHER DEMOCRACY WON’T EVENTUALLY MATERIALISE BY THE GRACE OF GOD ……..

      THIS ATTITUDE OF MODI “MONARCHISM”SHOULD BE STOPPED BY OUR PRESIDENT SAHAB OR HON. SC BEFORE AAP ALONG WITH AAM AADMI OF DELHI TAKE THE PATH OF “ANARCHISM” TO ERADICATE ANY SCROUNDRALISM STOPPING THE GOVERNMENT TO FUNCTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      THE SITUATION DEMANDS CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE AND FULL STATEHOOD OF DELHI I >>>>>>>>>>

      IT SEEMS EVERYTHING IS CONSTITUTIONAL WHETHER IT IS CORRUPT OR NOT, FROM DIVISIVE POLITICS PRECIPITATING RIOTS TO SALMAN KHAN’S “HIT AND RUN”, EXCEPT AAM AADMI THOSE WHO NEVER WANTED TO BUCKLE UNDER THE PRESSURE OF THE CORRUPT SYSTEMS AND TAKEN THE CHALLENGE TO BRING THE CHANGE……..

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

      ALL THE CORRUPTS IRRESPECTIVE OF ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ANY POLITICAL PARTY ARE TRYING TO NIP THE STYLE OF ALTERNATIVE POLITICS BY AAP IN THE BUD. AAP GOVERNMENT’S SUCCESS IN DELIVERING GOOD GOVERNANCE BY CURBING CORRUPTION AND KEEPING PROMISES HAS BECOME A THREAT TO ANY TRADITIONAL POLITICAL PARTY NOW …………………..

      WHAT AN IRONY, WE ARE DEBATING IN A DEMOCRATIC INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC COUNTRY THAT WHO WILL BE GOVERNING OUR STATE CAPITAL DELHI, A SELECTED LG AS COLONIAL VICEROYS OR AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT BLESSED BY A STUPENDOUS MANDATE ???????????????

      LIFE IS ALWAYS A BATTLE FIELD ………….
      THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH IS,
      Life is neither a bed of roses nor a bed of thorns. Life is a battlefield where Sincerity is your sword and Honesty is your shield…………
      Ride upon HIS chariot, be UNBEATABLE…………..

      AAM AADMI SHOULD HAVE TO BE MORE VOCAL TO BRING THE CHANGE,TO MAKE AAP UNBEATABLE BECAUSE KEJRIWAL’S BATTLE IS NOT ONLY GOOD FOR DELHI ALONE, IT IS GOOD FOR ANY UPRIGHT GOVERNANCE WHICH WANTS TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION ………..

  4. The writer has not mentioned his points why Delhi must be reverted as UT & will doing so solve all the problems of Delhi. Scrapping Article 239, as regards the NCT of Delhi is impossible, as it would require a constitutional amendment, & the Govt doesn’t have majority in Rajya Sabha. The best way forward would be to make the TBR more clear and lines be drawn. 2 crore population certainly can’t be a UT. Democracy is for people and their wish must be taken into account. Let there be an independent survey to know what residents of Delhi wish…

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