Delhi Assembly session begins on Monday



New Delhi: Issues like bailout package for private discoms and strengthening the Lokayukta to combat corruption are likely to dominate the five-day Winter Session of the Delhi Assembly, beginning on Monday.

The session is also likely to witness Opposition BJP raising issues like irregularities in selecting unauthorised colonies for legalisation, corruption, price rise and hike in CNG prices as well as water tax.

The proceedings will begin with the customary address of Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna and later during the session, a discussion will be initiated on deteriorating law and order in the capital and trifurcation of MCD for better administrative arrangement and public convenience.

Fireworks are expected on a range of issues as the ruling Congress and Opposition BJP will try to use the session as a campaign platform ahead of elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Riding on the issue of Lokpal, BJP will demand strengthening of the Lokayukta institution in the capital, asking for the Vigilance Department to be brought under the ombudsman.

Opposition leader VK Malhotra said his party will also also demand that the power to institute an inquiry and to award punishment should be given to Lokayukta.

He said rulings by Lokayukta against top Delhi government functionaries, including ministers, were "not being implemented".

Another issue likely to come up in the session is the Delhi government's decision to infuse a Rs 500-crore fresh equity into the BSES keeping in view inability of the company to pay dues to various generation firms, including NTPC.

BJP has alleged that this bailout was "undue financial favours" to the tune of Rs 500 crore to power companies under the "garb" of raising equity.

The party also said they will come down hard on the issue of alleged irregularities in giving provisional regularisation certificates to a number of unauthorised colonies.

PTI