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BJP looks to corner govt on budget, calls it a sham

delhi Updated: Mar 22, 2013 00:17 IST
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The BJP on Thursday cornered the government over the budget proposals announced by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday.

The Opposition created uproar in the assembly session during the discussion on the state budget.

Senior opposition leader and MLA from Janakpuri Jagdish Mukhi said that for last five years, the government had been sitting on his proposal of including members of opposition and independent experts in the budget planning process.

“For the past five years, I have been telling the government to constitute a committee comprising opposition and independent members for the budget but there has been no response. When it comes to talking about Bhagidari with people, the chief minister makes tall claims but why has she not started something similar for the MLAs?” asked Mukhi.

Mukhi said the government was responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation as facts state that in 90% rape cases, the accused were in an inebriated state. He said the government had promoted the sale of liquor in its 15-year regime.

“Even in remote parts of the city where the government has not been able to provide water facility, they have been successful in opening liquor shops,” he said.

He said that the government should give respect to labourers in Delhi and declare May 1 and 7 as “dry days”.

Leader of opposition VK Malhotra criticised the government, stating that while there were 11 lakh unemployed people in the city, the Delhi government had been able to provide jobs to just 11,000.

“This shows the attitude of the government who has done nothing for the welfare of the people,” said Malhotra.

He said the BJP MLAs are barred from the assembly for minor issues.

“A resolution was moved by the Congress MLA barring MLA Sahab Singh Chauhan from attending the proceedings till April 2. This is not fair and we will take up the matter with the speaker,” said Malhotra.

Parliamentary secretary to the chief minister Mukesh Sharma claimed that the government has proposed a tax-free budget. He said the monthly pension of all eligible persons and women should be hiked from the current Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1500.