Delhi ministers and AAP MPs, MLAs and councillors are set to stage a protest at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday against the Centre’s bill that gives overarching power to the Lieutenant Governor
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely to lead the protest as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plans to mount a strong opposition to the central government move. “All Delhi cabinet ministers, MLAs, Aam Aadmi Party MPs and councillors will participate in the protest,” Development Minister Gopal Rai told PTI.
The bill that was introduced by the central government in Lok Sabha on Monday is “unconstitutional”, he said.
Kejriwal has accused the BJP of “drastically curtailing” the powers of the elected government through this bill.
According to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the “government” in the city would mean the “Lieutenant Governor” in context of any law to be made by the legislative assembly.
The bill that was introduced by Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy in Lok Sabha makes it mandatory for the Delhi government to take the opinion of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) before any executive action in the national capital.
On Monday, Deputy Chief Manish Sisodia had alleged that the bill would stall Delhi’s progress by giving undue powers to the LG.
The bill introduced in the parliament that seeks to increase the powers of the LG comes even as the apex court is yet to pronounce its verdict on the plea from the Delhi govt about the services department being out of its control.