Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Rajya Sabha on Tuesday returned appropriation bills for Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry for the financial year 2021-22. These bills have already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice Tuesday after the Opposition benches protested against the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to give more power to Delhi Lieutenant Governor. Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party has sought the support of all opposition parties requesting them to oppose the bill in Rajya Sabha.
The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, by a voice vote. The Centre said the Bill was brought to end ambiguity in running the affairs of the national capital, and appealed to everyone not to term it a “political move”.
Meanwhile, amidst outcry over high taxes on motor fuel, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she would be “glad” to discuss the suggestion of bringing petrol and diesel under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax at the next meeting of the GST Council.