In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court of India said that the elected government is the boss of Delhi and warned that the Lieutenant Governor cannot function as “an obstructionist.” Additionally, it said that there is no room for absolutism and there is no room for anarchism also.
Supreme Court’s order is a great victory for democracy and in turn the ruling AAP governance. The ruling is supportive of the fact that it’s the people of the state (who have elected and send their representatives) that have the maximum weightage in terms of decision making.
The relationship between Centre and State has to be healthy. The LG and the council of ministers have to be aligned for a systematic and progressive way forward. Instead of a dominance fight, these functionaries have to work within the guidelines laid down by the constitution. A balance of trust has to emerge.
Hopefully, the ruling will bring this long drawn political battle to an end. No doubt, that Delhi’s status as a union territory and the fact that land, police, law & order are with the Centre, will, from time to time, emerge as the bone of contention. But for now, the fight over primacy seems addressed.