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Scrap power Bill, SAD chief urges PM Modi

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Chandigarh, July 8

Taking on the coalition partner at the Centre, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the Union Power Minister not to pursue the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020, and withdraw it to ensure that federal rights of states were not compromised in any manner.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has been asking the Akalis to oppose the Bill. The SAD president, who wrote a letter in this context to the Prime Minister, said the proposed Bill had become a cause of public concern because it impinged on the rights of the states and was against the basic principle of federalism as enshrined in the Constitution.

He said the Bill prohibited states from giving subsidies and cross subsidies, which was a direct attack on the constitutional right of the state governments to help the vulnerable sections of society. — TNS



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