New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) Hitting out again at Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday all the decisions taken by his government in the last one-and-a-half years are being rendered “null and void”, which will lead to chaos.
“This will have serious ramifications for the city and it will send Delhi back by almost two years. But unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening in Delhi,” he said at a press conference at his residence here.
Kejriwal’s remarks come a day after Jung declared Mehboob Alam’s appointment as Delhi Waqf Board CEO illegal and dissolved the religious body on Friday.
He also asked the Delhi government to withdraw its last year’s notification of increasing circle rates of agricultural land in Delhi.
At this Kejriwal said: “We increased the circle rate of agricultural land in Delhi from Rs 53 lakh to Rs 3.5 crore. Many farmers even got the money as per revised rates from their land. Now that decision is being made ‘ab initio’ null and void. Will we take the money back from the farmers.”
“We have made many flyovers, now will they be demolished? We constructed 8,000 classrooms. Will they have to be demolished as well,” he asked.
Kejriwal said if there is corruption involved in all those decisions, then the Lt. Governor can get them investigated, but they should not be made null and void just because his consent was not taken.
He said before the August 4 High Court order, which held the Lt Governor had primacy over the Delhi administration, his government took various decisions “legitimately”, believing that Lt Governor’s consent was not needed for some issues.
“However, LG believed that his consent was needed. Our intention was not wrong while taking those decisions. The court case was going on and now there’s the interpretation that his approval is needed,” Kejriwal said.
He also noted that while prior approval was not taken, all the files were sent to the Lt Governor for his information.
“LG could have raised an objection then. You can’t express a difference of opinion in infinity. What will happen to those orders now? Delhi will be headed for chaos if it goes on like this,” he said.
He stressed that if prior approval was not taken, the Lt Governor should give his approval now so that all the work done in the last one and a half years is not reduced to nothing.
Assuring that in future, decisions will be taken as per orders of the High Court, and whatever order is given by the Supreme Court, Kejriwal requested the Central government “not to victimise the people of Delhi”.