New Delhi, April 5 (Delhi Crown): The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the “Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill 2022”, with a voice vote. It was already passed in the Lok Sabha on March 30.
Now, President Ram Nath Kovind has to put his signature on the Bill as passed by both the Houses, before it turns into an Act.
The Bill seeks amendment to the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 to unify the three municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs) into a single entity.
Meanwhile, alleging that the Delhi government’s step-motherly attitude has been hindering the efficient functioning of the three MCDs, Union Home Minister Amit Shah pointed out that if states or union territories deal with civic bodies in such a manner, it would stop “Panchayati Raj and urban local bodies from gaining their targets”.
Past couple of weeks have witnessed a slew of allegations and counter-allegations between Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Bill.
While the AAP maintained that it was ploy on the part of the BJP to delay the MCD polls in the national capital, which were slated to be held this month, the BJP claims it was mooted for the betterment of Delhi and Delhiites.
The AAP leaders have also been alleging that the BJP was “running away” from MCD polls as it knew it was going to lose them badly.