Government of Delhi

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Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi
Emblem of India.svg
Seat of Government Delhi
Governor Lt. Governor Anil Baijal
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (AAP)
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (AAP)
Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, IAS
Speaker Ram Niwas Goel
Deputy Speaker Rakhi Birla
Members in Assembly 70
High Court Delhi High Court
Chief Justice Gita Mittal (Acting CJ)

The Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi is the governing authority of the Indian national capital territory of Delhi and its 11 districts. It consists of an executive, led by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, a judiciary and a legislature. The present Legislative Assembly of Delhi is unicameral, consisting of 70 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA).

The Supreme Court of India has heard arguments in the case GNCT v. UOI where it will decide if Delhi is a Union Territory where Lt. Governor can act independently of Chief Minister or a Special State where Lt. Governor is bound by the advice of Chief Minister.[1] It raises constitutional questions about legislative federalism between the Centre and Delhi. After 15 days of arguments, the Supreme Court has reserved its judgment.[2]


The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) handles civic administration for the city as part of the Panchayati Raj Act. New Delhi, an urban area in Delhi, is the seat of both the State Government of Delhi and the Government of India. The National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) has three local municipal corporations namely, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Delhi Cantonment Board.

The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is appointed by the President of India , as agent of President and not head of state like governor, on the advice of the Central government.

The Delhi High Court has jurisdiction over Delhi, which also has two lower courts: the Small Causes Court for civil cases, and the Sessions Court for criminal cases. Unlike other states in India, the Delhi Police reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and not the state government. Headed by the Police Commissioner, it is one of the largest metropolitan police forces in the world.[3] The headquarters of Delhi Police are located at ITO.


The Legislative Assembly of Delhi was first constituted on 17 March 1952 under the Government of Part C States Act, 1951, but it was abolished on 1 October 1956. Its legislative assembly was re-established in the year of 1993, after the Constitution (Sixty-ninth Amendment) Act, 1991 came into force, followed by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991 the Sixty-ninth Amendment to the Constitution of India, declared the Union Territory of Delhi to be formally known as National Capital Territory of Delhi.[4]

The first Chief minister of Delhi was Ch. Braham Prakash (INC) and the first women CM was Sushma Swaraj of BJP. Comrade Guru Radha Kishan (CPI) had the rare distinction of representing his constituency in MCD (DMC initially) for most years continuously by an individual and Ch. Prem Singh (INC) has won the maximum elections for different civic bodies in Delhi.

Cabinet Ministers[edit]

As per article 239AA of Indian Constitution, number of Cabinet Ministers cannot exceed ten percent of Delhi assembly seats. Therefore, there can be a maximum of 7 Cabinet Ministers(10% of 70 Delhi assembly seats)[5]

# From To Name Position
01 14 February 2015 Incumbent Arvind Kejriwal Chief Minister, Water
02 14 February 2015 Incumbent Manish Sisodia

Deputy Chief Minister, Tourism, Education, Finance, Planning, Land & Building, Vigilance, Services, Women & Child, Art, Culture & Languages And all other departments not specifically allotted to any minister

03 14 February 2015 Incumbent Satyendra Kumar Jain

Health, Industries, Public Work Department, Power, Home, Urban Development

04 14 February 2015 Incumbent Gopal Rai

Employment, Development, Labour, General Administration Department, Irrigation & Flood Control

05 14 February 2015 Incumbent Imran Hussain

Food and Supply, Environment & Forest, Election

06 14 February 2015 Incumbent Rajendra Pal Gautam

Gurudwara Elections, Water, SC & ST, Social Welfare, Cooperative

07 14 February 2015 Incumbent Kailash Gahlot

Administrative Reforms, Information & Technology, Law, Justice & Legislative Affairs, Transport, Revenue


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Special Status of Delhi - Supreme Court Observer". Supreme Court Observer. Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Special Status of Delhi: Day 15 Arguments - Supreme Court Observer". Supreme Court Observer. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
  3. ^ "History of Delhi Police". Delhi Police Headquarters, New Delhi, India. 
  4. ^ THE CONSTITUTION (Sixty-ninth Amendment) Act, 1991
  5. ^ "Special provisions with respect to Delhi". 
  6. ^ "Six Ministers sworn in". The Hindu. Retrieved Feb 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Arvind Kejriwal's cabinet". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved Feb 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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