It is a remarkable commentary on the state of the nation that the Delhi High Court’s debatable decision giving the Lt Governor the primary say in the affairs of the Indian capital was portrayed as a blow to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Since the AAP leader can never be the Chief Minister of Delhi forever, how can the court verdict be a setback to Kejriwal? True, Kejriwal is a passionate advocate of full statehood for Delhi. But he is hardly saying anything new.
It is a demand both the BJP and the Congress have raised for decades. So the court decision, if anything, was a blow to the people of Delhi and their desire to be governed by a system where elected representatives are the final decision makers and where the multiplicity of authority that bedevils the city ends. Instead, the Delhi High Court, which the AAP government should have never approached in the first place to settle a constitutional row, turned democracy upside down.