SAD opposes bill to give more powers to Delhi LG
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NEW DELHI: In a fillip to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) authorities, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has strongly opposed the Government of National Capital Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) (Amendment) Bill handed by the Lok Sabha on Monday. The invoice offers extra powers to the Delhi lieutenant governor (LG).
In an announcement in Chandigarh, SAD senior chief Daljit Singh Cheema stated the get together requested the Centre to withdraw the invoice from the Rajya Sabha “in the national interest”.
SAD and AAP are rivals in Punjab. AAP is the primary opposition get together within the Congress-ruled state.
AAP has opposed the passage of the invoice saying it was “unconstitutional”.
Cheema stated, “The passage of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the Lok Sabha which proposes to curtail the powers of an elected government is not conducive to democratic functioning,” and requested the central authorities to assessment it.
He stated the SAD will proceed to oppose the invoice within the Rajya Sabha.
The Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments on Tuesday as opposition Congress and AAP members opposed the invoice.
The uproar within the Upper House began when deputy chairperson Harivansh Narayan Singh requested minister of state for dwelling affairs G Kishan Reddy to maneuver a movement for the consideration of the GNCTD (Amendment ) Bill.
The invoice seeks to make it clear that the “government” in Delhi means the “Lieutenant Governor”.
The invoice additionally makes it obligatory for the Delhi authorities to take the opinion of the LG earlier than any govt motion.
Cheema stated the Bill seeks “to bring a democratically elected government under a selected appointee of the Union government”.
“This is against the federal system of the Constitution and could pave the way for more far reaching changes which are not good for diverse country like India. We request the central government to withdraw and bill from the Rajya Sabha in the national interest,” he stated.
Speaking in regards to the adjustments being made by the amended invoice, the SAD chief stated now the LG’s opinion must be obtained earlier than taking any govt resolution.
He claimed this could negate the beliefs of consultant governance and democracy.
Terming all these measures as “anti-people”, Cheema stated SAD had at all times stood up for sustaining the federal construction of the nation as enshrined within the Constitution.
“We feel that the bill seeks to take away the powers of the Delhi government and we are thus opposing this on a matter of principle,” he stated.
SAD will take up the difficulty forcefully within the Rajya Sabha and likewise attraction to all like-minded events to oppose this “undemocratic bill”, he stated.
Cheema claimed the introduction of the invoice had perturbed residents throughout the nation.
“It comes on the heels of earlier abolition of the Jammu and Kashmir legislative council and later introduction of three agricultural legal guidelines which search to eliminate assured authorities buy of meals grains beneath the minimal assist worth (MSP) regime and permitting hoarding of meals by company homes.
“Even as these Acts have been handed, the draft electrical energy invoice which seeks to centralise all energy choices moreover in search of to remove the facility of State electrical energy utilities is within the offing,” he claimed.
(With company inputs)

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