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Parliament passes Bill to unify three civic bodies in Delhi

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The Rajya Sabha gave its nod to the Bill on Tuesday through a voice vote after negating all the amendments sought by the opposition, including a motion to send the proposed legislation to a select committee.

While introducing the Bill, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that step is important in view of “step-motherly treatment” by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi, badly affecting the functioning of all three civic bodies.

The home minister also took a dig at the AAP government for opening so many liquor stores in Delhi. “It seems as if the entire Delhi will turn into a drinking place,” he said.

Dismissing the opposition charge that the ruling dispensation at the Centre brought in the bill out of fear of losing the civic elections, Shah said the BJP has no such phobia and is ready to contest the polls soon after delimitation.

“Since 2014, we have fought many elections. We are not scared of losing and we don’t become arrogant when we win. We are a party which began with a mere two seats. Those who forget history become history. Those who used to call us hum 2 hamare 2 can see the numbers now because we don’t forget history,” Amit Shah said.

The home minister also hit out at the TMC, saying it had deferred many civic body polls in West Bengal and is today talking about a delay in polls in Delhi.

I don’t deny that our intention is not to win the polls. Do you contest to lose elections? But we don’t kill the opponents or rape the wives of workers,” Amit Shah said.

The Rajya Sabha gave its nod to the Bill through a voice vote after negating all the amendments sought by the opposition, including a motion to send the proposed legislation to a select committee.

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