MICHAEL VAZ, Merces
It is rightly said that some leaders are best suited to be in the opposition for they only know to revolt and oppose. This can best be said of the ever beleaguered Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is never contented with anything, but is always at loggerheads with the government at the Centre or with the Lt Governor of Delhi. Recollect his predecessor Sheila Dikshit, who has the honour of being the longest serving chief minister of Delhi, ruling for a period of 15 years. How was the governance of the national capital during her reign? Not that she had the Congress government at the Centre during her entire tenure, for she was the chief minister even when Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP ruled the country. Did we ever witness any repulsion from her with the Centre? Such was the jurisdictional dispute of Kejriwal with former LG Najeeb Jung that he resigned from his post even before completing his full term. Is Kejriwal satisfied with the next LG Anil Baijal? We witness the same power tussle between the two. Kejriwal has failed to realise that unlike other states wherein the elected government enjoys absolute power, the case of Delhi is different and the Delhi High Court had ruled that the LG was the administrative head of the national capital. Even the Supreme Court has opined that the LG of Delhi has more power than the governors of other states and that he does not have to act on the aid and advice of the council of ministers all the time. The latest gimmick since the last week is that Kejriwal and his three ministers are on a dharna at the Raj Niwas demanding that the LG should order an end to the strike of the IAS officers. His allegation is that the IAS officers are on a strike since the last four months hampering the administration and moreover the strike has been orchestrated at the behest of the Centre and the LG. The IAS cadre on their part have clarified that they are not on any strike but are not attending meetings called by the ministers since no assurance is given to them on their safety, security, dignity and respect, after the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary at Kejriwal’s residence in February.