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Power Shifts From Chief Minister To Lieutenant Governor In New Delhi

New Delhi : While the national capital Delhi has been severely affected by the  raging second wave of COVID-19 cases,  the Centre  notified the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021, (GNCTD) on Wednesday  which grants more power to the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) over the elected government of New Delhi.

The decision was made by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)  and said that the provisions of the GNCTD ACT will be practised from 27th of April . According to the  new legislation passed by the Parliament during the Budget Session, the "government" in the national capital now means the "Lieutenant Governor" and the AAP government will now have to consider the opinion of the Lieutenant-Governor  before executing any decision in Delhi.

 Parliament had passed the Bill by the end of March, Lok Sabha passed it on March 22nd and the upper house, Rajya Sabha passed it on March 24th. There were significant protests by the opposition leaders in both the houses. After receiving the green signal from the Parliament, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind had given affirmation to the controversial law on March 28th.

AAP leader and the Chief Minister of New Delhi, Mr.Arvind Kejriwal had stated earlier,  that the day the bill will be implemented will be a sad day for Indian democracy. He went on to state that the law is an insult to the citizens  of New Delhi who voted for the Aam Aadmi party government  and that it takes away powers from those who were elected and gives them to the undeserving ones.

In exercise of the various authorities conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act 2021, the Central Government will appoint the governor as the date on which the provisions of the Act shall come into force," the notification by MHA stated.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday had expressed its displeasure on the mismanagement and failure of the Delhi Government in handling the situation in the capital. The court had also stated that the health system of Delhi had collapsed and held the Delhi government responsible for it.

The Delhi government will now have to seek the permission of the Lieutenant-Governor, Anil Baijal   for making any executive decisions in Delhi.