The debate surrounding the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill,passing of which will translate into law an ordinance that, in essence, makes it possible for the elected chief minister to be over-ruled by Centre-appointed bureaucrats, took over Rajya Sabha on Monday.


Calling the Centre a “control-freak sarkar”, Congress MP Abhishek Singhvi quoted German theologian Martin Niemoller to highlight what the Bill aims to achieve. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabhalast week amid a walkout by the Opposition parties, that are trying to stop its passing in the Upper House.


Here are the top quotes from Abhishek Singhvi’s speech over debate surrounding the Delhi services Bill:


📌 “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me,” the senior Congress leader said, quoting Martin Niemoller.

📌 “BJP’s approach is to control by hook or crook… This bill is completely unconstitutional, it is fundamentally anti-democratic, and it is a front-term assault on the regional voice and aspirations of the people of Delhi. It violates all principles of federalism, all norms of civil service accountability and all models of assembly-based democracy.”

“जहाँ तक दुःख और आक्रोश का सवाल है… दोस्तों, यह एक दुखद और खतरनाक प्रस्तावित कानून है। इस बिल और दिल्ली की हालत को देखकर तो यही शेर दोहरा सकता हूँ:

“चेहरे पे सारे शहर के गर्द-ए-मलाल है,
जो दिल का हाल है, वही दिल्ली का हाल है।””

– Dr Singhvi on #DelhiOrdinanceBill

— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) August 7, 2023

📌 “When Delhi’s special constitutional status was created, be it BJP or Congress or any other colour of the political spectrum, no one has tried to overrule two Constitution Bench judgments. Why did no government create an authority, where the CM of Delhi is in a minority? Why did no government empower two bureaucrats to overrule an elected CM? Why did no government make the L-G, who is a constitutional figurehead except in three areas, into a Super CM?”

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📌 “This government, and this Bill does it all. Something not done earlier. Why has nobody done it earlier? Because it is the nature of this control-freak sarkar as it is a graceless and fuming loser, whose approach is to control everything”

📌 “We must collectively oppose this cause as one day, this federalism could come at your doorstep. Sabka number aayega(everyone’s turn will come)”

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📌 “It is the deliberate regression from a people’s government guaranteed to the people of Delhi 30 years ago. And hence it is a decimation of the most fundamental constitutional values….”

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