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Chidambaram said the proposed amendments are “retrograde, anti-democratic and an insult to the people of Delhi”.

Describing as “retrograde” and “anti-democratic” the proposed amendments to the GNCTD Act, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday said the changes will make the Delhi government less than a municipality and “rob” the people of any kind of representative government.

Chidambaram’s attack on the government came a day after Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy introduced the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in Lok Sabha.

According to proposed amendments, Section 21 of the Act — dealing with restrictions on laws passed by legislative assembly with respect to certain matters — is sought to be revised to clarify that the expression ‘government’ referred to in any law to be made by the legislative assembly shall mean the ‘Lieutenant Governor’.

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Slamming the government for proposing the amendments to the Act, Chidambaram said the proposed amendments are “retrograde, anti-democratic and an insult to the people of Delhi”.

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“The demand is for enlarged legislative powers to Delhi and the will of the people. On the contrary, the proposed amendments will make the Delhi government less than a municipality and rob the people of any kind of representative government,” the former home minister said in a series of tweets.

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Under the proposed amendments, the LG appointed by the central government will become a “viceroy” exercising all powers according to the wishes of his master, Chidambaram alleged.

The people must resist the amendments and the Opposition must vote against the amendments, he said.

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