Stormy start to winter session of Delhi Assembly



New Delhi: The winter session of Delhi Assembly got off to a stormy start Tuesday with opposition BJP vociferously raising the issue of corruption in Commonwealth Games projects and demanding a House Committee.

Opposition V K Malhotra accused the government of financial bunglings in the Games projects and demanded setting up of a House Committee to probe the irregularities.

He alleged that a "cover-up" operation was going on to save those involved in corruption as even the Supreme Court has raised questions over the appointment of Central Vigilance Commissioner.

"Delhi Government spent nearly Rs 23,000 crore and serious questions are being raised over the way the public money has been spent. There is a cover-up operation going on. The probe by CVC is also being doubted as even Supreme Court questioned the appointment of the CVC by the Central government.

"How can it be an impartial probe by the CVC?" Malhotra asked.

He also questioned what action has the government taken against those found responsible for the collapse of a foot overbridge outside the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium just before the commencement of the mega event.

As Speaker Yoganand Shastri told Malhotra to raise the issue after the Question Hour, the BJP MLAs rose on their feet demanding immediate discussion on the issue as well as formation of a House Committee.

Repeated attempt by the Speaker to pacify the agitating MLAs fell on deaf ears and the BJP MLAs insisted that the matter should be taken up immediately.

Almost all the BJP MLAs, agitated over the Speaker's refusal, showed placards demanding the House Committee and some of them even trooped to the Well of the House.

Amidst the pandemonium, the Speaker adjourned the house for 20 minutes.

Earlier, both Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Malhotra paid homage to the victims of the building collapse.

Dikshit said government will take care of education as well as other requirements of all the children orphaned in the tragedy.

PTI