A five member Constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice has upheld the rights of the elected state governments and reversed the decision of the Delhi High Court which had held that the Lieutenant Governor was the “Administrative Head” of Delhi. The Supreme Court bench has now correctly held that the Lieutenant Governor is bound by the advice of the elected Council of Ministers of Delhi Government.

The role of the Lieutenant Governors and governors and the misuse of their offices is  sharply focused in the today’s judgment.

The BJP propagates charade of ‘cooperative federalism’ and in reality it is destroying our federal structure.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) welcomes the judgment of the Supreme Court bench. Governors and Lieutenant Governors cannot usurp the rights of an elected state government or encroach upon their rights. This is a victory of federalism.