NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its verdict on one of the most contentious political questions in recent years – who really rules Delhi? The power tussle, which is been especially underscored since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took power in 2015, is likely to be brought to a conclusion today.
The Supreme Court will be delivering its verdict on the AAP’s plea against an order by Delhi High Court which in August 2016 clearly identified the Lieutenant Governor (LG) as the administrative head of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNTCD). The Delhi HC had said the LG governs Delhi with advice from the Chief Minister and his/her cabinet.
The battle for control of Delhi’s government has been a key area of focus and disruption for the AAP government, which has twice campaigned on a platform that promises full statehood to Delhi. Presently, Delhi is a Union Territory, which gives a large degree of administrative power to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). This has seen the AAP periodically accuse the BJP government at the Centre of not allowing it, an elected government, to run the city-state.