In the wake of citywide protests over water shortage and power outages in the capital, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will convene a meeting of MLAs on the issue, as the Opposition BJP on Thursday walked out from the Assembly over the matter.
"Water and power situation in Delhi is very critical. We are monitoring the situation. I have called a meeting of the MLAs, including those from the BJP, to discuss the water problem on Monday and power related problems on Tuesday," Dikshit told the Assembly soon after the Question Hour.
A day after appealing to the people to use electricity judiciously, she said, "if required shops and markets will be asked to shut down alternatively to meet the demand of the households."
The issue was raised by Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly V K Malhotra who attacked the government for "misleading" the public about the power and water situation in the budget, which is being discussed at present in the House.
"The Budget is misleading on water and power front. Contrary to the claims made in the budget, in reality people are reeling under water and power crises due to insufficient supply.
We are staging a walkout in protest against the government's failure to meet the basic needs of the people," Malhotra said.