Major setback for AAP: Centre returns 14 bills of Kejriwal-led Delhi government

By: | Published: June 24, 2016 7:37 PM

In a major setback for AAP government, Central government has returned 14 bills that were sent by Delhi government, including Lokpal, saying that the procedure wasn’t followed.

A senior Home Ministry official said since Delhi is a Union Territory, any bill it wants to adopt in the assembly has to be first sent to the central government for approval. If the nod is given, then only it can be moved for legislative approval. (Reuters)A senior Home Ministry official said since Delhi is a Union Territory, any bill it wants to adopt in the assembly has to be first sent to the central government for approval. If the nod is given, then only it can be moved for legislative approval. (Reuters)

In a major setback for AAP government, Central government has returned 14 bills that were sent by Delhi government, including Lokpal, saying that the procedure wasn’t followed.

AAP is making headlines for quite some time now.

A senior Home Ministry official said since Delhi is a Union Territory, any bill it wants to adopt in the assembly has to be first sent to the central government for approval. If the nod is given, then only it can be moved for legislative approval.

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The bills which were returned in the last few weeks include the Janlokpal Bill 2015, the Minimum Wages (Delhi Amendment) Bill 2015, Delhi School (Verification Of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee) Bill 2015, Delhi School Education (Amendment) Bill 2015, Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Delhi Amendment) Bill 2015 and a Bill related to working journalists.

This development is likely to trigger a fresh dual between the AAP government and the Centre that have been locked in a face-off over various issues.

Today Delhi BJP also raised several questions over the alleged Rs 400 crore Delhi Jal Board tanker “scam” being probed by the Anti Corruption Branch, demanding Kejriwal’s “arrest”.

“I had earlier demanded Kejriwal’s resignation. Now I demand Delhi Police arrest Kejriwal for an impartial probe into the tanker scam,” BJP President Satish Upadhyay said.

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