Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar, New Delhi
Parliament on Tuesday passed the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which seeks to merge three municipal corporations into a single entity in the national capital, after Rajya Sabha approved it with a voice note.
The opposition has expressed concerns over the Bill, saying that it amounted to foiling the Delhi civic election process and also undermining the federal separation of powers.
This development comes after the State Election Commission (SEC) last month deferred the announcement of date of Delhi civic polls after receiving a communication from the Centre. Soon after, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that polls were delayed as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has conceded defeat.
BJP is currently in power in all the three Delhi civic bodies.
According to the Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha last week, the municipality wards need to be redrawn and the number of council seats need to reduced to 250 – a process that could take months.
UG admissions in AU through CUET-2022 this year, preparations begin
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Much-awaited UPTET-2021 results expected this week
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3 killed, 30 injured as double-decker bus overturns in Ayodhya
Three people were killed while 30 other passengers were injured when a double-decker bus they were travelling in overturned on Lucknow-Gorakhpur National Highway on Tuesday morning while trying to overtake another vehicle, police said. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed condolences over the incident and directed district magistrate and SSP to ensure speedy rescue and relief operations.
Over half of IIT-B graduating batch preferred physical classes: Survey
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VB arrests middleman for taking bribe after plaint on Punjab graft helpline
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