Union Min. Ramdas Athawale Says, ‘Delhi Service Bill Not Against CM Kejriwal’

4 August, 2023 | Anamika Singh Parihar

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Ramdas Athawale believes the bill passed in the Lok Sabha is not against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, as it follows Supreme Court guidelines and is not against the center's authority.

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale claimed on Friday that the Delhi Service Bill is not against CM Kejriwal and that the center has jurisdiction over the issue of services even under the previous administration.

Speaking to ANI, Ramdas Athawale said, the bill has been passed in Lok Sabha. I feel that within the guidelines of the supreme court, union home minister Amit Shah has given the statement. This bill is not against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Even during the previous government of the Congress and BJP, authority was with the center. So, I feel whatever CM Kejriwal is saying is not right.”

The Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which would take the place of an ordinance issued to handle transfers and postings of senior officials in the city government, was approved by the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

As the BJP-led NDA holds the majority, the measure easily passed the lower chamber of Parliament. A voice vote was used to approve the bill.

All eyes are on the Rajya Sabha as the Lok Sabha on Thursday approved the bill giving the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi power over Group A services.

The measure will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha, where the NDA does not currently hold a majority, with support from the YSRCP and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

The Indian National Developmental, Inclusive Coalition’s (I.N.D.I.A.) opposition parties united to oppose the law for the sake of their coalition rather than for “democracy, the country, or its people,” according to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Amit Shah responded to the discussion by stating that the opposition parties did not participate in the house-passed legislation debates and continued to voice their objections to the discussion on the Manipur situation.

He pointed to the opposition benches and questioned what had changed for them to be involved in the law pertaining to Delhi.

The AAP administration was sharply criticized earlier by Amit Shah, who moved the bill for approval in the assembly. He claimed that the administrative structure in Delhi was operating smoothly under the Congress and BJP governments until a new party took office in the National Capital in 2015.

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