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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Centre backs L-G, says he doesn't need to consult Council of Ministers while taking decisions

New Delhi(web team): In a huge blow to the Arvind Kejriwal government, the Union Ministry on Friday issued gazette notification specifying the role and powers of the Lieutenant Governor, to clarify distribution of power between the posts of Delhi's LG and Chief Minister.

The gazette notification said that the LG has jurisdiction over matters of services, public order, police and land.

The notification further said that provided that LG may, in his discretion, obtain views of CM of Delhi in regards matter of ‘Services’, wherever he deems it appropriate.

At least two rounds of consultation took place between the Prime Minister and Home Minister on Thursday evening on the issue, the sources said.

Senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin's appointment as acting Chief Secretary for Delhi last week had triggered a full-blown war between the ruling AAP and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleging that the Lt Governor was trying to take over the administration.

Kejriwal had on Thursday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the matter even as he accused the Centre of using Jung to run the state.

A day ago, alleging that officers were running "transfer-posting industry" in Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said AAP government was being opposed for trying to stop it, a day after bureaucrats expressed anguish over the treatment meted out to them.

In a sharp counter-attack, Sisodia alleged that bureaucrats who were running "transfer-posting industry" in the past governments are talking about "motivating" IAS officers after retirement and added that only officials who "misuse" their position are demoralised.

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