Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly V. K. Malhotra has said the “consistent differences of opinion” arising between Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna and Chief Minster Sheila Dikshit is causing a “serious constitutional crisis of confidence”.

Referring to Mr. Khanna sending back the Cabinet's decision to double circle rates, Prof. Malhotra in a statement said it is perhaps for the first time that the Lt.- Governor has twice rejected the Cabinet's decision and sent it back for reconsideration.

The BJP leader said the Chief Minster had taken the decision to increase circle rates across Delhi in a most ad-hoc and unbalanced fashion and had declared her Government's intentions even before complying with constitutional norms of sending the file to the Lt.-Governor.

Prof. Malhotra said the BJP legislature party had brought Mr. Khanna's attention to the fact that many villages where the land rates are far less fell within posh areas of Delhi and that raising circle rates across the board was “patently unfair”.

“There have been differences of opinion on increasing circle rates within the Cabinet. In many areas, property agents collected money with a promise to have the circle rates reduced in some areas. This also proves that the entire process of circle rate fixation was steeped in corrupt practices,” he alleged.

Prof. Malhotra demanded that before circle rates are fixed, the opinion of the public be considered and that circle rates in areas occupied largely by the poor and the lower middle class be reduced immediately.