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Malhotra to give up seat in Parliament, retain assembly spot

delhi Updated: Dec 14, 2008 23:30 IST
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Putting to rest all speculation about whether he would retain his South Delhi Parliamentary seat, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader V K Malhotra on Sunday said he would resign as MP to keep his Greater Kailash assembly constituency.

"I have decided to resign from my Parliamentary seat of South Delhi and will work for the people of my Greater Kailash assembly constituency, who have shown faith in me by electing me MLA" Malhotra said.

Asked whether he would be the Leader of Opposition in the fourth Delhi assembly, he said it was for the party to decide.

His colleague Jagdish Mukhi was the Leader of Opposition in the outgoing assembly.

Though Malhotra made his plans clear, there was speculation earlier about his future course of action, as he had also attended Parliament as MP this year.

The BJP leader was projected as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the Delhi assembly elections, which the saffron party lost.

Asked about his participation in the ongoing Parliamentary session, Malhotra said he only wanted to participate in the discussions on "serious topics" in the House.

"Once I have decided to serve the people of Delhi, I am determined and there is no change of mind.

I personally feel I should carry on with the purpose for which I have re-entered the state assembly," he said.

Asked why people did not vote the BJP, Malhotra claimed the residents of Delhi were still with the party. "Our share of votes increased as compared to the last councillors election when we registered a huge win," he said, adding the party would recover and bridge the gap in the General elections.

Assuring the BJP would play the role of "constructive opposition", Malhotra said now he would raise state issues, including the regularisation of unauthorised colonies.