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Omar Abdullah Criticizes Centre’s Ordinance as a Threat to Cooperative Federalism

20-05-2023 : Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader criticized the recent ordinance passed by the Centre regarding the transfer of bureaucrats in Delhi, stating that it goes against the principles of cooperative federalism. Abdullah also expressed disappointment in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for not recognizing the implications of aligning with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in August 2019, when the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked under Article 370.

In a tweet, Abdullah emphasized that the treatment of Delhi under the new ordinance is unjust and undermines the spirit of cooperative federalism. He directed his response to Raghav Chadha, an AAP leader, highlighting the irony of their previous collaboration with the BJP, which resulted in the dismemberment of Jammu and Kashmir and the loss of voting rights for its residents.

The Centre’s ordinance establishes the National Capital Civil Service Authority, enabling the transfer and disciplinary proceedings of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officers.

Abdullah’s comments reflect the concerns of those who believe that the ordinance infringes upon the autonomy and decision-making authority of the Delhi government, diminishing the principles of cooperative federalism.