The recent disputes over governance in Delhi takes us back to question the fundamental philosophy of its formation and evolution over time.
Even though Delhi has an elected Legislature having powers over all, save a few State List subjects, the ultimate authority still remains with the GOI, which could override the Delhi Government on any subject.
This is not a new question — the Constituent Assembly witnessed a contested discussion, with Deshbandhu Gupta supporting responsible government, and BR Ambedkar favouring greater control by the GOI owing to Delhi’s status as the national capital.
There are three principles that must form the bedrock of formulating a new compact between the Delhi Government and GOI:
With inputs from the Vidhi Centre For Legal Policy