Sun. Feb 5th, 2023
Lok Sabha passes bill to integrate three Municipal Corporations of Delhi

A bill to integrate the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs) was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Responding to the objections of the opposition members on the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said that this bill has been brought to make MCD self-reliant and streamline its services. He accused the Delhi government of treating MCDs step-motherly and not giving the share as per the recommendation of the State Finance Commission.

While introducing the MCD Bill 2022, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that it is absolutely correct as per the Constitution. During this, he said that after organizing all the three municipal corporations, a Delhi Municipal Corporation should be formed again. Home Minister Amit Shah said that since Delhi is a Union Territory, the Government of India has every right to bring any law related to it. Union Minister Shah also said that this MCD Bill 2022 comes under the powers vested in the Parliament as per Article 239AA of the Constitution.

Home Minister Amit Shah, speaking in the Lok Sabha, said, “I want to tell you that this bill is as per the constitution and it is completely a constitutional bill. Since Delhi is a Union Territory, the Government of India has the right to bring any law related to it.” He further said, “Talks are on about the rights of the states. CM Kejriwal also says the same thing. I cannot bring such a bill for Maharashtra, Gujarat or Bengal. Neither I nor the Center can do this in the states. But if you don’t know the difference between state and union territory, then I think the constitution of India needs to be studied again.”

Home Minister Amit Shah urged the House to consider the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (Amendment) Bill. The central government is claiming to strengthen the financial condition of the municipal corporation with this bill.

The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai. 

On the other hand, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led government Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is criticizing the Centre’s move to bring a bill a month before the elections to the three municipal corporations.

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