Alive - - Editoral -

Ever since the BJP gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi came to power af­ter the 2014 gen­eral elec­tions, it has been try­ing to be au­to­cratic. The fact that the BJP had a ma­jor­ity by it­self, un­like the Va­j­payee gov­ern­ment, made Modi and the co­terie around him known as the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice (PMO) , wielded all pow­ers. Cab­i­net and other in­sti­tu­tions were in­formed, not con­sulted, to carry out the in­struc­tions of the PMO.

How­ever, the win­ning of the Delhi As­sem­bly elec­tions a year later by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Ke­jri­wal with an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity and its form­ing the gov­ern­ment be­came a thorn in the flesh of the Modi gov­ern­ment and the BJP. The Modi-cen­tred Cen­tre could not di­gest the re­al­ity that a new un­tried party de­feated it in the very Cap­i­tal of the coun­try it ruled.

The AAP that was dif­fer­ent from con­ven­tional po­lit­i­cal par­ties could not be snubbed or sub­dued. Its gov­ern­ment did much to ful­fil its elec­tion prom­ises. The lower and the lower mid­dle class peo­ple got di­rect fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits by dras­ti­cally re­duc­ing wa­ter and elec­tric­ity charges for lesser con­sump­tion. The gov­ern­ment ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, where com­mon peo­ple sent their chil­dren, were closely watched and were made more ef­fi­cient.

But Modi and BJP had to de­fame the Ke­jri­wal gov­ern­ment to see that the AAP never came as a chal­lenge to them. All laws passed by the state gov­ern­ment was blocked by the Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor. IAS of­fi­cers were made to stop work so that ad­min­is­tra­tion came to a stand­still. In short, the AAP gov­ern­ment was tied hand and foot not to al­low it to move.

The Supreme Court to which the state gov­ern­ment had gone for pro­tec­tion has given re­lief to the ag­grieved. In a land­mark verdict, a five judge con­sti­tu­tional bench ruled that de­ci­sions of the elected gov­ern­ment of Delhi do not re­quire the con­cur­rence of the Lt. Gov­er­nor who only needs to be in­formed.

How­ever, the Modi-Cen­tre is not go­ing to for­get the chal­lenge Ke­jri­wal-state posed. The Cen­tre-in­spired Lt. Gov­er­nor and the IAS are out to de­feat the AAP ex­per­i­ment. They are not able to rec­on­cile to the spirit of the Supreme Court verdict and are re­fus­ing to hand over the ser­vices depart­ment to the state gov­ern­ment.

But peo­ple are not that eas­ily de­luded. They are watch­ing and the elec­torate is a court above the Supreme Court, giv­ing its de­ci­sion fast and de­ci­sive.

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