NC opposes law disempowering Delhi Assembly

Srinagar: National Conference Member of Parliament from Anantnag Hasnain Masoodi termed the National Capital territory of Delhi Amendment bill 2021 a strike on Country’s federal structure saying the bill significantly expands the powers of LG at the cost of elected Legislature.

While speaking in Lok Sabha, Masoodi opposed the NCT Delhi Amendment bill 2021, terming it anti federal. “The bill is in contravention with the country’s federal structure”.

The measure, he said, is being taken to hide the electoral failures of BJP.

“The bill significantly cuts the powers of the elected legislature to the extent that the center’s nominated LG can withhold the consent of any bill which he deems outside the purview of the assembly as per the new scheme of things. Here the question arises who will decide what is outside the purview of the Assembly,” he said adding that the bill is not being taken in good faith as the elected legislature has been rendered powerless by the ruling BJP.

Masoodi said J&K was also confronted with the similar situation on August 5, 2019, when the constitutional propriety was sidelined and the state was bifurcated and downgraded citing the article’s 370 ‘temporary nature’.

“The proposition he said was wrong because the article provided for a constitutional assembly and an independent constitution. If Art 370 was temporary then 371-A to371- J provisions of the part B of Constitution of the constitution are also erroneous,” he added.


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