Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said all MLAs should be provided security immediately and that she will write to the home ministry regarding this. The announcement comes after a recent murder attempt on an MLA in outer Delhi.
"We would not hesitate in meeting the expenses of security on all MLAs in case the need arises," said Dikshit, replying to a question on the law and order situation. MLA Bharat Singh was shot at by armed assailants at his office in southwest Delhi's Najafgarh.
Dikshit said a fast increasing population, economic prosperity, presence of huge number of diplomats and VVIPs in the city make the issue of security "complex and challenging".
Initiating the discussion on law and order, leader of opposition VK Malhotra described Delhi as a "crime, murder and rape capital" of the country.
"Every day we get to read about some incident or the other. As per reports, it is the most unsafe city among the all metro cities," said Malhotra.
"If an MLA is not safe, then imagine what security the common man has in this city," he added.
Dikshit said cases of robbery, murder, dacoity, chain snatching and molestation of women have gone down compared to the last few years.