Seizing on Puducherry Lieutenant Governor (LG) Kiran Bedi’s controversial announcement that villages with open defecation and strewn garbage will not be eligible to avail the benefits of the free rice scheme, the AAP on Saturday alleged that such an “absurd and unjustified diktat” by the ruling BJP-appointed Puducherry LG was a “clear proof” of how decisions of elected governments not belonging to the BJP were being “brazenly overturned in gross misuse of constitutional positions”.
The AAP said it was beyond any reasonable understanding as to how an LG could issue such orders bypassing bonafide decisions of the elected government implemented through its duly approved budgetary provisions.
The AAP charged that Governors and LGs were behaving as “BJP agents” across the country since the Narendra Modi government came to power at the Centre in 2014, thereby “often bringing their constitutional positions into disrepute.”
The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi has continued to be at loggerheads with LGs here since the party swept to power in early 2015.
“The AAP is of the clear view that the manner in which the Narendra Modi government has trampled the federal spirit of the Constitution needs to be combated by all democratic forces, rising above party lines,” the party said in a statement.
The AAP alleged that Puducherry LG Bedi seemed to be following in the footsteps of what her Delhi counterpart Anil Baijal has been “frequently doing”.
“Despite having no power to overrule the elected government according to the Constitution, Baijal in active connivance with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, is leaving no stone unturned in stalling the flagship schemes of elected Delhi government,” the AAP alleged.
Hitting out also at the Congress, the AAP said despite being the main Opposition party of the country the Congress has betrayed “double standards” on the issue of federalism. The Congress’s leaders have often sided with the LG in Delhi, in “blatant attempts to undermine the elected Delhi government”, the AAP charged.