India Centre's Delhi Bill passed in Rajya Sabha amid Opposition...

Centre’s Delhi Bill passed in Rajya Sabha amid Opposition uproar, walkout

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A bill proposing to give more powers to Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor compared to the city’s elected government, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid a walkout by the Congress and several other opposition parties including Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party. 

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, in a tweet, said: “RS passes GNCTD amendment Bill. Sad day for Indian democracy. We will continue our struggle to restore power back to people. Whatever be the obstacles, we will continue doing good work. Work will neither stop nor slow down”.

The bill was passed after two days of chaos in the Upper House, where opposition MPs repeatedly said it will destroy democracy.

The legislation was passed by a voice vote, 83 members were in favour while 45 opposed the bill. 

The bill is being seen as a huge setback to Arvind Kejriwal’s government, which has been in dispute with the Lieutenant Governor since 2013.

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