DELHI GOVERNMENT

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Delhi's Slide From Democracy To Despotism

In the last few weeks, the Lieutenant Governor has been cancelling/overturning/staying orders passed by the Government of Delhi. On 30 August 2016, he issued order staying more than 400 decisions taken by Delhi government since it came to power, and thus reducing a democratically elected government to nothing.
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Kejriwal Deserves Thanks For Shattering Our Illusions About A Democratic Delhi

The High Court has confirmed that Delhi is not a state with a sovereign legislature, but a Union Territory. Here, popular mandate becomes subservient to the sweet will of an officer -- the Lieutenant Governor -- appointed by the President on advice of Ministry of Home Affairs. With this one judgment, Delhiites can see how little their democratic rights matter… it’s not so very different from life under the British colonial masters from whom the concept of a Union Territory has been borrowed.