As a part of Unlock 3, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had planned to ease the restrictions and open hotels and markets from Saturday on a trial basis but it could be executed because the governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal had rejected the move.
Due to this interference in decision making, deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia has demanded Home Minister, Amit Shah’s interference in this matter.
“I request you to ask the L-G not to stop the proposal. If traders start their businesses, jobs will be generated, and the condition of the economy will improve…Now when they are hopeful that with the coronavirus being controlled in Delhi they will get an opportunity to restart their business,” said Sisodia.
Baijal had taken this decision because he felt that the situation in Delhi still remains ‘fragile’ for anything to open, especially places that allow public proximity. He is able to make decisions or scrap any announcement of the Delhi government because not only a governor represents the central power but also chairs the disaster management authority in Delhi.
Sisodia on the other hand showed concern about the five lakh families waiting for these facilities to open up and feed their children. According to him, binding them under the decision of closure is unfair to Delhi’s economic situation and the hopes of lakhs of people.
Till last week, Delhi had already crossed 1.35 lakh cases and the number of deaths had reached close to 4000. Aam Aadmi Party has expressed its displeasure on the continuous interference of the center and cited Delhi’s decreasing number of active COVID cases as the reason for it to open so that the economy also gets stable.
AAP spokesperson, Raghav Chadha said, “ Aam Aadmi Party has been selected by the people of Delhi to represent them. It is high time that you let the Delhi government take calls and stop the interference.”
This is not the first time that the Governor canceled an order called by the state government. From the time the COVID pandemic has begun, he has canceled a lot of such orders. It remains to be seen whether this time Baijal accepts the proposal or sticks to his stand.
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