Govt looks to clear pending bills as Monsoon Session kicks off today
The four-day Monsoon session of the Delhi Assembly will begin on Tuesday, with the Arvind Kejriwal government looking to re-introduce three bills which had earlier been returned by the Centre with some objections.
The Opposition BJP, meanwhile, is planning to corner the AAP government over several issues, including what it claimed were 'unfulfilled poll promises of the ruling party'.
The Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment Bill, 2015, The Delhi (Right of Citizen to Time Bound Delivery of Services) Amendment Bill, 2015 and NSIT Bill (amendment) were among the 14 bills passed by the House. However, the Centre had sent back most of the proposed legislations.
Nine crucial bills, passed by the Delhi Assembly, since the AAP came to power in 2015, have been pending with the Union Home Ministry.
These include Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill, 2015, Minimum Wages Bill, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (Amendment) Bill 2015 and a bill to amend the Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Condition of Service) Act, among others. Last month, Kejriwal had directed the Law department to submit a "way forward" roadmap on legislative bills which are awaiting clearance from the Centre.
Meanwhile, the BJP, which has four MLAs in the 70-member House, said that its legislators would taken on the AAP government on what it called its "U-turn" on promises made to the people and "repression" of the opposition.
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta alleged that the government was adopting "unconstitutional measures" and "repressing" the opposition as well as senior government officials.
"The Opposition will launch an all-out attack on the government in the Monsoon Session for the U-turn on its promises, repression of the opposition and senior government officers and unconstitutional measures adopted by it," Gupta had said reporters last week.