The dispute between CM Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Vinay Kumar Saxena has increased after the MCD elections in Delhi are over. Meanwhile, President Draupadi Murmu has given two new powers to six Union Territories including Delhi. The President has given two new powers to VK Saxena under the Industrial Relations Code 2020 and the Occupational Safety Health and Working Conditions Code 2020. The Lieutenant Governor can exercise these powers given by the President on those areas of NCT of Delhi where it is required.
According to media reports, powers have been given by the President to the lieutenant governors and administrators of six Union Territories including Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Puducherry and Lakshadweep, Chandigarh and other Union Territories.
Notifications issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs said that for the next one year, Delhi LG VK Saxena would exercise the powers under these two rules and discharge the functions of the central government or the Delhi government. The two new powers state that the President has given this direction in pursuance of clause (1) of article 239 of the Constitution.
Under the Industrial Relations Code 2020, the government can give exemption to any new establishments or new industrial areas. According to the information, in connection with the delegation of powers to the Lieutenant Governor and Administrator of six Union Territories under the Health and Working Conditions Code 2020 and Occupational Safety.
The standoff with the Delhi Chief Minister over new powers given by the President to VK Saxena is at its peak. However, there is no new fight between Delhi government Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena over rights. This fight is related to the legal and constitutional aspect. The Delhi government has accused the LG of issuing orders on practically everything and sidelining the government.