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President Agrees to Bill Saying ‘Government’ in Delhi Means ‘LG’ | India News

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NEW DELHI: On Sunday, President Ram Nath Kovind consented to the Delhi National Capital Territory Government (Amendment) Act 2021, which gives the Lieutenant Governor more power over the elected government.
The law now mentions that “the expression” government “referred to in any law made by the legislative assembly shall mean the lieutenant governor.” The GNCTD (amendment) bill of 2021 was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday and in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid uproar from opposition members.
The central government announced the presidential assent through a notice in the bulletin. The bill sought to make changes to Section 33 so that “the legislative assembly does not issue any rules that allow itself or its committees to consider the affairs of the day-to-day administration of the capital or to make inquiries in relation to administrative decisions.” . .
In addition, the opinion of the LG will now be required before taking “any executive action in compliance with the decision of the council of ministers or a minister, to exercise the powers of the government, state government, appropriate government, lieutenant governor, administrator or chief commissioner, in your case, under any law in force in the capital. ”
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Wednesday: “RS passes GNCTD amendment bill. It is a sad day for Indian democracy. We will continue our fight to restore power to the people. Whatever the obstacles, we will continue to do a good job. The work will not stop or slow down. “On Sunday, Kejriwal thanked Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan” for supporting the people of Delhi against the BJP’s assault on democracy and federalism “after the latter tweeted that the bill was “an affront to our federal principles and the rights of the states.”
Although the Aam Aadmi Party had vehemently opposed the bill, it could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
Union Minister G Kishan Reddy had said the amendments would lead to transparency and clarity in governance in Delhi and enhance public accountability. Explaining the rationale for the bill, he added that the amendments had been made to remove ambiguities from the existing law. He stressed that changes in the law had been sought in the spirit of what was said in a Supreme Court ruling.
Reddy said there was no political angle and the amendments were based on “technical” reasons. “The bill does not in any way restrict the powers enjoyed by the Delhi government that are already provided for in the Constitution,” he added.

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