Published On: Wed, Mar 24th, 2021

GNCTD Bill passed by Rajya Sabha to give more power to Delh L-G

New Delhi: The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (GNCTD) was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid uproar by the opposition.

Before this, the Bill had been passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday

Members of the Trinamool Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress, among many other leaders of the opposition, raised slogans against the legislation.

Before this, the Bill had been passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The discussions on the new legislation — which gives enormous powers to the Lieutenant Governor in Delhi — led to heated arguments and sparks flying in the Upper House a number of times on Wednesday.

Members of the Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress raised slogans against it.

During the debate on the Bill, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party leaders were constantly commenting on him and that this was against the rules of the House.

Accusing the central government of arbitrariness, O’Brien said the Bill went against the spirit of the federal structure of the nation.

Reacting to the persistent allegations of O’Brien, BJP national president and Rajya Sabha MP JP Nadda stood up and accused the Trinamool of displaying double standards.

The Bill says that the ‘government’, referred to in any law to be passed by the legislative assembly, would mean the Lieutenant Governor. As per the Bill, the Delhi government must obtain the opinion of the LG before implementing any policy decision.

Earlier, BJD MP Prasanna Acharya said, “My party has decided not to become a party to the passing of this Bill. It undermines the authority and power of an elected government of an elected Assembly. Without lowering the dignity of the House, we are peacefully staging a walkout.”

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