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Elected governments must have power: SC on Kejriwal V/s Jung
Hearing a petition on Delhi's statehood and the ongoing clash between CM Arvind Kejriwal and LG Najeeb Jung over the issue of powers and authorities in Delhi, the apex court observed that any elected government must have the powers to run the state. These words by the Supreme Court must have acted as a relief for the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

"An elected govt should have some power to run, otherwise the government cannot function," the court observed.

Kejriwal has alleged that all the important decisions taken by his government, including the appointment of senior bureaucrats, are negated by the LG.

The centre has argued that the decisions by LG are valid since Delhi is a Union Territory (UT) and not a state & LG of a UT has special powers. This argument was also accepted by the Delhi High Court which was earlier hearing the case. 

The court ruled against Kejriwal and said that Mr Jung is the administrative head of the national capital and he will have the last say on all administrative decisions.

Following this order, the LG had reversed a number of decisions taken by the Delhi government. Kejriwal challenged the verdict in the SC which is now hearing the appeal. The SC has set January 18, 2017 as the next date for hearing the case.

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