BJP-led Central govt wants to rule Delhi through back door: Sisodia

BJP-led Central govt wants to rule Delhi through back door: Sisodia

Six years after the Supreme Court of India’s ruling defining the roles and power of the Delhi government, the Centre and the L-G in the matters of the national capital, a fresh controversy broke out today after the news of the union cabinet approving the GNCTD (Amendment) Bill.

Reacting to the development, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today said that the BJP has lost three consecutive elections in Delhi and now wants to rule the state by taking back door entry. “This is an attempt by the BJP to rule Delhi through the back door. They have lost Delhi’s election thrice. People have made it clear three times that they don’t want a BJP government in the state so they want to govern Delhi by increasing the powers of LG,” said Sisodia.

Addressing a digital press conference, Sisodia said the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal to “snatch powers” from the elected chief minister and the Delhi Cabinet and strengthen the authority of the lieutenant governor. A bill will now be tabled in the ongoing Budget session of Parliament for the amendment, he said.

The move is set to trigger a fresh tussle between the lieutenant governor and the Delhi government.

“The Union Cabinet has stealthily approved amendments to give so much power to the L-G [lieutenant governor] that he can now stall any project or work initiated by the elected government in the Union Territory. As per the Centre’s proposal, the final decision-making power will lie with the L-G and not the elected government,” he said.

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