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More Criticism than for The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, and This is Why.

One of the most contested bills, The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which was earlier passed by the Lok Sabha, has now also been approved by Rajya Sabha with 131 MPs voting in favor of the bill, while 102 MPs against it.  


The Bill, which is soon expected to become an act after the assent of the President, has drawn a great deal of criticism from the opposition leaders who have proclaimed the bill as an attack on democracy and the central Government's attempt to curb the powers of the popularly elected State Government of Delhi.  


The Bill is being criticized as it largely restricts the elected State Government's powers and gives the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi, who is appointed by the Central Government decision-making authority regarding several crucial matters.  


After the anticipated act comes into force the Lieutenant-Governor will have the final authority to decide on matters regarding the functions, terms, transfer, and appointments of Government officials holding various administrative offices and positions in Delhi.    


The incumbent Aam Aadmi Party Government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has proclaimed the Bill as the center’s attempt to ‘deceive’ the people of Delhi.   


AAP Member of Parliament to Rajya Sabha Raghav Chadha said the bill is a “political fraud, constitutional sin and will create an administrative logjam” 

The AAP leader throwing light on the mala fide intentions of the BJP government in the parliament has accused it of introducing such a bill which restricts the incumbent AAP government's powers and authorities as BJP is unable to rise to power in Delhi and has repeatedly lost elections in the state.  


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has blamed the central government for its blatant misuse of powers to control the Delhi Government through its ways and tricks as it has miserably failed to seize power in Delhi.  


The opposition is now expected to challenge the Bill (which is soon expected to become an act) in the Supreme Court as its last resort. The Apex Court had earlier ruled in favor of the state government giving it complete command over most services in the capital, leaving out public order, land, and police.  


The judgment of the Supreme Court, if the Bill is challenged, will determine the future of the envisaged Act.  


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