Assem­bly ques­tions sanc­tity of Bai­jal’s mes­sage

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - Sweta Goswami sweta.goswami@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: The Delhi Assem­bly on Wed­nes­day passed a res­o­lu­tion to form a com­mit­tee to look into the le­gal­ity of a mes­sage by lieu­tenant gov­er­nor Anil Bai­jal over the Depart­ment Re­lated Stand­ing Com­mit­tees (DRSCs).

Deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia termed the L-G’s mes­sage “un­con­sti­tu­tional”, in which Bai­jal had asked the Speaker to with­draw the newly in­serted Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly Rules which he felt gave way more pow­ers to the House com­mit­tees com­pared to the ones formed un­der the Lok Sabha Rules.

The DRSCs pro­vide nec­es­sary di­rec­tion, guid­ance and in­puts for broad pol­icy for­mu­la­tions to the min­istries and de­part­ments un­der their ju­ris­dic­tion.

In his Septem­ber 13 mes­sage, Bai­jal pointed out that the new Assem­bly rules did not in­clude the one that states that the com­mit­tees “would not con­sider the mat­ters of day to day ad­min­is­tra­tion of the de­part­ments con­cerned”.

Speaking dur­ing a dis­cus­sion on Bai­jal’s mes­sage in the Delhi Assem­bly, Siso­dia said the L-G’s mes­sage to the House had “no le­gal sanc­tity” as he did not seek the aid and advice of the coun­cil of min­is­ters headed by the Chief Min­is­ter over the mat­ter.

The deputy CM cited Supreme Court judg­ments to sup­port his ar­gu­ment. “The SC judg­ment in the Nabam Re­bia and Ba­mang Felix ver­sus Deputy Speaker, Arunachal Pradesh leg­isla­tive Assem­bly case, clearly states that the mes­sages ad­dressed by the Gov­er­nor to the House have to be in con­so­nance with the aid and advice ten­dered to him,” Siso­dia said.

He also ques­tioned the in­tent of the L-G in send­ing the note, say­ing that the Pres­i­dent has not sent any let­ter to the Lok Sabha to date and added that the in­tent of the DRSCs was to fix ac­count­abil­ity in the bu­reau­cracy.

He also re­but­ted al­le­ga­tion by the leader of the Op­po­si­tion Vi­jen­der Gupta that the com­mit­tees never sum­moned the min­is­ters.

“The Delhi Assem­bly is big­ger than the min­is­ters. If need be and if the com­mit­tees sum­mon any of the min­is­ters of Delhi gov­ern­ment, we will not hes­i­tate to give ex­pla­na­tions (to the pan­els).”

Malviya Na­gar MLA Som­nath Bharti moved the res­o­lu­tion to form a com­mit­tee in the mat­ter. The panel will have nine mem­bers, in­clud­ing one MLA from the op­po­si­tion, Jagdish Prad­han of the BJP.

SPEAKER WARNS SEC­RE­TARY TO L-G

Speaker, Ram Ni­was Goel, warned prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary to the L-G Vi­jay Ku­mar and other of­fi­cers that they should be care­ful in deal­ing with the mat­ters of the Delhi Assem­bly.

“I have enough ma­te­rial on record as well as state­ments that prove that the mes­sage was leaked by Mr. Vi­jay Ku­mar,” he said and called it “mis­chievous”.

Goel urged the L-G to in­ter­vene in the is­sue and cau­tion his staff.

The Speaker also blamed the L-G’s of­fice of ma­nip­u­lat­ing facts. “A back­dated let­ter was cre­ated in the name of Home Sec­re­tary, con­tain­ing the con­tents from the let­ter just so that me­dia could quote from it. Un­for­tu­nately, in their hurry, the of­fi­cers of the L-G’s Sec­re­tar­iat wrongly ad­dressed the let­ter to the re­tired Home Sec­re­tary,” Goel said.

PTI

Deputy CM Man­ish Siso­dia termed as ‘un­con­sti­tu­tional’ L­G Anil Bai­jal’s mes­sage, ask­ing the Speaker to with­draw the newly in­serted Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly Rules.

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