HE Lok Sabha Monday passed ‘The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021’ which seeks to clarify that the expression “Government”, in the context of legislation to be passed by the Delhi assembly, would mean the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi.
The Bill also seeks to ensure that the LG is granted an opportunity to exercise power in select categories of cases and also to make rules in matters which incidentally encroach upon matters falling outside the purview of the Delhi assembly.
It provides that rules made by the Delhi assembly must be consistent with the rules of the Lok Sabha.
Reacting to the passing of the Bill, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to condemn it. He said, “Passage of GNCTD Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha today is an insult to the people of Delhi”.
Passage of GNCTD amendment Bill in Lok Sabha today is an insult to the people of Delhi. The Bill effectively takes away powers from those who were voted by people and gives powers to run Delhi to those who were defeated. BJP has cheated the people
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 22, 2021
Kejriwal added the Bill effectively takes away powers from those who were voted by the people and gives powers to run Delhi to those who were defeated. The BJP has cheated the people, he said.
The Centre claimed that the Bill was in furtherance of the decision of the Supreme Court on July 4, 2018, and February 14, 2019, interpreting the provisions of Article 239AA of the Constitution relating to the structure of governance in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.