Delhi Should Be Full State: Omar Abdullah On Bill To Define LG's Power

Omar Abdullah was reacting to Arvind Kejriwal's tweet about a bill brought by the Centre in the Lok Sabha to allegedly curtail the powers of the elected government in Delhi.

Delhi Should Be Full State: Omar Abdullah On Bill To Define LG's Power

Omar Abdullah condemned the "assault on powers of the elected government of Delhi" (File)

Srinagar:

National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today threw his support behind Arvind Kejriwal government, saying he condemns the assault on powers of the elected dispensation in spite of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporting "dismemberment and downgrading" of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019.

Omar Abdullah's remarks come after Chief Minister Kejriwal accused the BJP of seeking to drastically curtail the powers of his elected government in Delhi through a new bill in the Lok Sabha.

"In spite of AAP's support for the dismemberment & downgrading of J&K in 2019, we still condemn this assault on the powers of the elected government of Delhi. Delhi deserves to be a full state with all powers exercised by the elected government & not a nominated LG," Omar Abdullah tweeted.

"After being rejected by ppl of Del (8 seats in Assembly, 0 in MCD bypolls), BJP seeks to drastically curtail powers of elected govt thro a Bill in LS today. Bill is contrary to Constitution Bench judgement. We strongly condemn BJP's unconstitutional n anti-democracy move," Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, that seeks to give more powers to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.

The Centre had in August 2019 ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and downgrading it as a union territory. The APP had supported the central government's decision.

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