President clears bill giving Delhi Lt Governor more powers

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday approved the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) (Amendment) Bill 2021, which was passed by Parliament last week.

The Union Home Ministry will now determine when it comes into effect.

The development came just as Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal welcomed support from Chief Ministers of other states against the new law, which provides more power to the Lt. Governor.

The bill, passed by Parliament on Wednesday in a major setback to Delhi’s ruling AAP, ensures more constitutional powers to the Central government-appointed Lt. Governor as against the Delhi Assembly.

The bill makes it mandatory for the elected Delhi government to seek LG’s opinion before any executive action. However, the AAP has been opposing the Bill claiming that it would stall Delhi’s progress by giving undue powers to the Lieutenant Governor.

The GNCTD bill states that the Delhi legislative Assembly will not make any rule to enable itself or its committees to consider the matters of the day-to-day administration of the national capital or conduct inquiries in relation to the administrative decisions.

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