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[TheHindu Ed1] Power crisis The immediate provocation for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sitting on a dharna at the residence of the Lt. Governor might have been a run-in with the bureaucracy, but the crisis is rooted in the understanding (or misunderstanding) of the constitutional limits of the powers of the elected government in the National Capital Territory of Delhi The Aam Aadmi Party government has a history of confrontation with the Centre on the question of who is the administrative head of a region that is less than a State and more than a Union Territory Since the party came to power in 2015, the demand for Delhi to be given the status of a full-fledged State, allowing it among other things powers over the police, has become strident. Differences extend to the LG's discretionary powers to appoint the Chief Secretary, with the AAP nursing a grouse that the bureaucratic cadre came directly under the Centre. Matters came to a head when Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash was assaulted during a late-night meeting in Mr. Kejriwal's presence. Since then, officials have been in a non-cooperative mode, only attending statutory meetings, skipping what they term are "routine" meetings and not taking phone calls from Ministers. Mr. Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues decided on the dharna in protest, but instead of forcing a solution, they may have precipitated a crisis. O Members of the BJP responded with a dharna at the Chief Minister's residence, completing the political spectacle.
In adopting the politics of protest as part of its quest to expand the powers of the elected government, the AAP is putting governance at risk Instead of mounting a legal challenge to the Centre's efforts to further curtail the limited powers of the Delhi government, Mr. Kejriwal chose to respond politically. OWhile he might like to be seen as a constitutional functionary whose hands are tied by an overbearing Centre, he is coming across as someone who is keener on a bigger fight on a bigger stage than as one eager to fulfil his constitutional mandate. The dharnas might end, but the underlying causes of the present crisis will not disappear without the Centre and the Delhi government agreeing on the terms of engagement through the office of the Lt. Governor. The BJP cannot mock Mr. Kejriwal out of politics; the Centre will have to deal with him, and something it has work jointly with the AAP government for the welfare of Delhi's citizens failed to do. OThe way to fight the AAP cannot be by placing handcuffs on the Delhi government. As for the To push AAP, it should learn to make the best of the system before demanding more autonomy. To push the constitutional limits to acquire more meaningful powers is fine, but it cannot be at the cost of failing to do whatever is possible within the current framework. of faliling to do whatever is possioe meaningtlpoe isine
[IE Ed1] Get to work, please [GS4 Ethics] In no particular order: The terrible breakdown of a working relationship between the elected government and Lieutenant Governo ** The long-festering debate on Delhi's statehood, waiting to be joined more fully on a calmer day. * The dysfunctional antagonism between political opponents, AAP and BUP, which has infected institutions of the state and, more unforgivably, the Centre. And caught in the BJP vs AAP crossfire, the bureaucracy, on strike, by another name. That last crisis merits closer attention, more outrage. In fact, it is even incorrect to characterise Delhi's officialdom as hapless, caught in-the-middle, and to accept the officers' claim to victimhood * In an unprecedented press conference, they sought to draw a distinction between "statutory" meetings that they attend and the "routine" meetings that they don't. They skip only those meetings in which they felt their "safety" and "self-respect" were at risk. *The reference was obviously to the alleged assault of the Chief Secretary by AAP members at a midnight meeting in February at the Chief Minister's residence.
ed It is quite clear, however, that Delhi bureaucrats' non-cooperation with an elected government has to do with more than just that criminal case, in which, notably, due process is on, and both Chief Minister Kejriwal and his deputy, Manish Sisodia, have been questioned. On show in Delhi is a bureacracy that seems to have plunged into the fray, and is seen an bethcihed wnth me to be taking political sidesagrave abdication of its role and responsibility to be the faceless steel frame In these times of polarised politics, if the unfortunate impression is gaining ground that Delhi's bureaucracy has shed its political neutrality, it must take full responsibility. It won't do to whinge or pass the blame to the political actors or the mess they have created. Delhi's bureaucracy has much at stake. Its institutional integrity is on the block, and so is its good work as part of the state machinery, also in the tenure of the Kejriwal government. * After all, the government's remarkable strides in health and education could not have been possible without its officers. Delhi's bureaucrats need to get back to work, to recommit themselves to due process and to abide by it, regardless of any political turbulence.
Page11: Arab group wants India on board in Yemen The Arab coalition which is fighting to secure the strategic Yemeni port of Hodeidah will be reaching out to India for its support, a leading Arab diplomat said here on Monday. Hodeidah will be reaching out to India for its support a leade The operation at Hodeidah would secure the energy lanes of India with the Gulf, and that the Arab coalition had sourced large quantity of relief material from India to help the Yemeni population. O"The operation at Hodeidah is ongoing and its main target is to fight terrorism that is a common enemy of both India and the UAE. Therefore, support from allies like India will be appreciated, especially in view of our exceptional strategic relationship with India," said Mr. Albanna explaining that the operation will force the rebels in Yemen to sit down for a negotiated settlement of the conflict that has caused a major humanitarian disaster in Yemen. Final phase The military campaign on the port of Hodeidah is reportedly in the final phase as the Houthi militia members are retreating The UN Security Council last week voted against an immediate end to hostilities in the port, even as India has maintained a studied silence on the conflict.
The envoy's request for support from India, for the Arab coalition's Yemen campaign has added a broader context to the upcoming visit by the Foreign Minister and leading royal of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, who is expected to hold bilateral meetings in Delhi next week. The Ambassador pointed out that the UAE was not yet offering a military role to India in the ongoing operation "India can help by extending diplomatic support to the Hodeidah operation on the international platforms. The campaign is in accordance with the resolutions of the UN and invitation from the legitimate government of Yemen. Yemen's port of Hodeidah was under the control of the Houthi rebels who are believed to be drawing support from Iran. OThe Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, claims that the Iranian military has used the port to supply the Houthis with weapons and ammunition OMr. Albanna declared that the Houthis have been supporting pirates in the western Indian Ocean region. The campaign will ultimately help Indian maritime goals as the Houthis used the port for facilitating the piracy network in the western Indian Ocean region that is vital for India's energy security, the envoy said in support of India's interest.
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