BJP MLAs expelled from Delhi Assembly for three days

Last Updated: Friday, November 26, 2010 - 18:33

New Delhi: BJP MLAs were expelled from Delhi
Assembly for three days from on Friday after ruckus over their
demand for a House Committee to probe alleged corruption in
Commonwealth Games spending forced repeated adjournments.

The House proceedings began on a stormy note with
opposition leader V K Malhotra leading the attack on the
government, and 10 minutes into the session the House was
adjourned amidst sloganeering by the opposition benches.
The scene was no different as the proceedings resumed,
with Malhotra charging that there was a "constitutional
breakdown" in the state.

As Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit stood up to respond to
the charge, the BJP MLAs started raising slogans against Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, forcing a second
adjournment.

With opposition MLAs sticking to their demand for House
committee, the ruckus continued even when the House met again.

As repeated attempts to pacify them did not fructify and
MLAs trooped to the Well of the House, Education Minister
Arvinder Singh Lovely proposed a resolution seeking that they
be expelled for three sittings.

The resolution was accepted by a voice vote and Speaker
Yoganand Shastri announced that the BJP MLAs, including
opposition leader V K Malhotra, stand expelled for three days.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said there was no
constitutional breakdown in the state as charged by Malhotra,
and again accused Lieutenant Governor Tajendra Khanna of
interfering in the government`s functioning.

"I want to make it very clear that there has been no
constitutional breakdown... But the legitimate powers of an
elected government have been eroded and vetoed, made possible
through a 2002 order by the then NDA government," she said.
Dikshit is unhappy over the L-G`s rejection of Delhi Cabinet`s
decision on raising circle rates.

She said the impasse in the House was costing the
government over Rs 3 crore in loss of revenue every day.

"Who will compensate for this loss," she asked.

The Speaker also informed the House that 35 members of
the BJP were arrested yesterday for law and order reasons
during their protest against alleged corruption in
Commonwealth Games, but were released within half an hour.

Congress MLA Mukesh Sharma strongly criticised the
behaviour of the opposition benches, including of Malhotra
saying they did not even bother to discuss the issue before
raising the demand for a House panel.

"They did not attend the discussion on the issue on
November 23, and even today despite the fact that the three
resolutions listed in the agenda were from their own members,
they did not bother to allow them to be brought," he said.
The winter session of the Assembly has been stormy
ever since it began on November 23, with the BJP raising its
pitch on the issue of corruption.

Dikshit later told the legislators that the government
would call a meeting of all nine District Development
Committees after the House session is over to discuss the
progress being made in the implementation of various
programmes.

She also said that the government was working to bring
out a solution in 15 to 20 days on the issue of fixing
responsibility for the maintenance of street lights and lamps.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 26, 2010 - 18:33

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