Delhi budget session expected to be stormy

The budget session of Delhi Assembly, beginning next week, is likely to be a stormy one with BJP deciding to corner the government on a range of issues, including law and order and price rise.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 19:29 PM IST

New Delhi: The budget session of Delhi
Assembly, beginning next week, is likely to be a stormy one
with BJP deciding to corner the government on a range of
issues, including Lokayukta`s recommendation for removal of
PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, law and order and price rise.

Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly V K Malhotra
said the party has decided to seek special discussion on 21
subjects which included price rise, law and order situation,
CWG irregularities, scarcity of drinking water and Lokayukta`s
recommendation for Chauhan`s removal.
On Lokayukta`s order, Malhotra said the party has
decided to meet President Pratibha Patil to request her to
withdraw her pleasure for continuation of Chauhan in office.

"We will meet the President as well as the Lt Governor
to seek implementation of the Lokayukta order," Malhotra said.

Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin had last month
recommended sacking Chauhan from the Cabinet for trying to
protect a leading resort in a tax evasion case, holding him
guilty of "misconduct" of "grave nature".

Malhotra said if Chauhan was not removed before the
Tuesday`s budget session, then the party will raise the issue
vociferously inside the House.

On the law and order situation, Malhotra accused Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit of "shirking responsibility" and said
she has a habit of "blaming others".

"The women in the city are not safe. Incidents against
women are on the rise. But nobody takes responsibility.Neither
the Union Home Minister nor the Chief Minister," he said.
Malhotra said the BJP will also raise the issue
pertaining to government`s unnecessary intervention on the
functioning of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission.

"DERC could not announce the revised tariff last year
due to intervention by Delhi Government. Now the High Court
has held that the intervention was illegal," said Malhotra.

The senior BJP leader also slammed the government for
not being able to regularise the unauthorised colonies which
were given provisional regularisation certificates in 2008.

PTI