AAP passes resolution to bring Delhi Police under elected govt
NEW DELHI: Demanding an amendment in the Constitution, the Delhi Assembly on Monday passed a resolution moved by Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain to bring Delhi Police under the elected government and to make it accountable to the Legislative Assembly like in other states. Jain, through the resolution moved and passed during a special session of Delhi Assembly, demanded that "necessary steps be initiated by the Government of India to devolve certain powers to the elected Government so that it is in a position to have control over Delhi Police in implementing its decisions" while the amendments were pending.
The demands came after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was attacked with chilli powder in the Delhi Secretariat last week, with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) blaming the BJP and Delhi Police for the attack. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, supporting the resolution, added that, "due to subversive, disruptive and anti-people instructions given to Delhi Police by Union Government through Lieutenant-Governor, the elected Government is not in a position to enlist any support from Delhi Police even in enforcing central laws such as Essential Services Maintenance Act when needed.
Kejriwal also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Special Session and said that If Delhi Chief Minister is not safe in national capital, PM Modi must quit.
"It is surprising that I was attacked fourth times and Delhi Police could not take action against culprits. It has become a huge and unassailable challenge for the elected Government to discharge its functions and to look after public interest in the absence of any control whatsoever over Delhi Police," he said.
"The Union government should take immediate steps, in large public interest, to initiate necessary steps to bring the police in Delhi under the control of the elected government of Delhi and to make it accountable to the Legislative Assembly as in the case with any other state in India, by way of amending the Constitution and relevant laws," Jain said in the Assembly.
Speaking in the House, Chief Minister Kejriwal said "over 95 per cent of the police force are hard working and they deserve the respect and money".
The Assembly also passed a resolution "to abolish the National Pension System and reinstate the old Pension System in the interest of lakhs of government servants.
"The pension, which the employees get, is from the Centre. If we had the power, we would have changed the law in just 24 hours. I want the Centre to change the policy for the Delhi government employees and to restore the old Pension System," Kejriwal said.