Issue of serving beef during CWG rocks Delhi Assembly
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Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010, 22:06
New Delhi: Vociferous sloganeering from BJP members on the issue of serving beef during the Commonwealth Games on Friday marred the proceedings of Delhi assembly, forcing repeated adjournments.

BJP MLAs created uproarious scene and even trooped to the well of the House demanding an assurance from Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that the Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act, 1994 prohibiting storage and sale of beef in the city would be implemented by her government.

The issue was raised during 'discussion under special mention' by Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra who said Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta had made a statement to the media that beef will be imported during the event to serve atheletes and officials.

"It was passed unanimously in the House. It is obligatory on the part of the city government to implement it," he said.

The House plunged into total chaos when Dikshit commented that Mehta only said that it was an issue between Games Organising Committee, the caterers and the MCD and that the "communal-minded" BJP members were raising it only to politicise it.

"We have nothing to do with it. You are trying to make political capital out of it. Why don't you go to MCD? You are raising it because you are communal-minded," she said.

Later speaking outside the House, Dikshit said the BJP raised the issue "with an aim to disturb communal harmony and peace in the capital city".

Dikshit further stated that it is for the Organising Committee to decide the menu to be served during the event.

"They (the BJP MLAs) are out to create unruly scenes even outside the House and politicise all sensitive issues with an intention to earn political mileage," she said.

Angry over Dikshit's remarks in the Assembly, Malhotra said it was a "very serious" issue and asked how could the Chief Minister "shy away from enforcement of the legislation passed unanimously by the Assembly".

Amid pandemonium, house was adjourned for 15 minutes and later for another one hour.

When it met met again, Dikshit tabled a written statement of the Chief Secretary in which he said that "I had very categorically told them (the media) that catering service contracts are being arranged by the Organizing Committee in the Games Village and the issue is between the OC, the contractor who is selected for running the kitchen in the Games Village and the MCD which is supposed to give permission under the municipal laws."

The ruckus continued with several Congress MLAs also vociferously slamming the BJP for not implenting provision of the legislation when they were in power.

The BJP members cautioned the government not to take the issue lightly and said they would launch massive protest during the sporting event if beef is served to the participants of the Games.

"If beef is served, we will not allow the Games to take place. Lakhs of people will come to the streets protesting against such move," senior BJP MLA Jagdish Mukhi said.

As pandemonium continued, Speaker Yoganand Shastri adjourned the House for the day.

To the allegations of the Congress MLAs that BJP government did not implement the provisions of the Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act, 1994, Malhotra said a board was formed by the then BJP government to supervise proper implementation of the Act.


First Published: Friday, March 19, 2010, 22:06

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