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Delhi govt now means Lieutenant Governor, Government of NCT of Delhi (Amendment) Act comes into force

The Delhi government will now have to seek the opinion of the Lieutenant Governor before taking any executive action.

Delhi govt now means Lieutenant Governor, Government of NCT of Delhi (Amendment) Act comes into force-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Apr 28, 2021, 11:50 AM IST
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Delhi’s lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal is now the ‘government’ in the Union territory after the Centre notified the amended Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021 on Tuesday.

The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021, came into force yesterday, according to a Home Ministry notification.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021 (15 of 2021), the Central Government hereby appoints the 27th day of April, 2021, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force,” the ministry of home affairs said in a notification.

The Delhi government will now have to seek the opinion of the Lieutenant Governor before taking any executive action.

The Amendment was widely criticised by the Delhi's governing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) saying that it would take away power from the elected government in the National Capital Territory. The Centre said the move was to establish structural clarity.

The law was controversially cleared in Parliament last month amid opposition protests in both houses.

When the Bill cleared Parliament, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called it a "sad day for Indian democracy".

While this time there have been no comments so far on the act from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, and senior AAP leaders , they had earlier termed it “unconstitutional” and “anti-democracy”. The AAP also held a protest on March 17 in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar against the Bill – which has now been notified as a law.

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