Editorial

The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 destroys democracy

A Bill that gives the center more power over Delhi, passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday as the mat nation and her opposition calling it “dangerous” legislation. The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been passed in the Lok Sabha and will now be taken up in the Rajya Sabha.

The Bill gives more powers to the Lieutenant Governor — the centre’s representative in Delhi — compared to the city’s elected government, and is seen to be a huge setback for the Arvind Kejriwal government, which has had a running feud with the Lieutenant Governor since 2013, when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) first came to power in Delhi.

Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of Opposition, said the Bill was aimed at snatching the powers of the elected government. This is a very dangerous Bill. It will destroy democracy. The State can not make her servant the Lieutenant Governor the ‘government’ and the elected dispensation his servant.

While the chaos erupted as soon as Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh asked Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy, to table the Bill. AAP member Sanjay Singh rightlt protested against allowing the motion, saying his notice has been pending in the House.

The Deputy Chairman assured the AAP member that his notice would be considered after the motion on the Bill was moved, but Sanjay Singh called it “unconstitutional”.

The new Bill makes it clear that the term “government” in any law made by the Legislative Assembly will mean the Lieutenant Governor and his opinion has to be taken before the Delhi government takes any action.

Indeed the passing of the Bill in the Lok Sabha an “insult” to the people of Delhi as 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.