'Respect democracy Sir': Arvind Kejriwal tells Lt Guv after latter's COVID meet
New Delhi/IBNS: The Delhi government on Wednesday criticised the Lieutenant Governor for holding a meeting on COVID-19 directly with officials "behind the back of an elected government".
A tweet by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal further escalated tension between the Aam Aadmi Party government and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal over blurry lines on who is the best to run the governance in the national capital.
"It is against the Constitution and Supreme Court judgement to hold such parallel meetings behind the back of an elected government. We are democracy. People have elected a Council of Ministers," Kejriwal replied to a tweet by the Lt Governor's office showing photos of him meeting Delhi officials over the Covid situation.
"If you have any questions, please ask your ministers. Avoid holding direct meetings with officers. Let's respect democracy, sir," he said.
It is against Constitution n SC CB judgement to hold such parallel meetings behind the back of elected govt.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 4, 2021
We r a democracy. People hv elected a Council of Ministers. If u have any Qs, pl ask ur ministers. Avoid holding direct meetings wid officers
Lets respect democracy, Sir https://t.co/SQCkHRNyt4
The Kejriwal government has been offended by an amended law on governing the national capital, which was cleared by the Parliament in March this year, that gave more power to the Lieutenant Governor in National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) or GNCTD Act compared to the city's elected government.