The first day of Delhi assembly’s winter session opened with Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Tejendra Khanna listing out the government’s achievements in the past one year in his customary address to the House.
However, with little development to show and almost no big project taken up in the past one year, the L-G ended up reading out old and oft-repeated projects and schemes started by the Congress government in the past three years.
“This is one of the most directionless and visionless speech the L-G has ever given on the floor of the House. With the first speech of the year, the government gives a direction to its policies. But this speech had nothing,” leader of the opposition VK Malhotra said.
Since the L-G’s address every year comes at the beginning of the budget session when the government has already laid down its development plans for the new year, it gives a hint of its vision and priority.
“The government has spent just about 35%-40% of its budget this year. The consultations for development projects have not even started. If the L-G’s speech had no content then the government is to be blamed,” deputy leader Jagdish Mukhi said.
With trifurcation of the municipal corporation on the anvil, the L-G expressed hope that it will help solve day-to-day problems of the residents of Delhi “effectively” and “expeditiously".
“A widely shared desire will be realised shortly with the trifurcation,” Khanna said.
The five-day winter session is likely to be a stormy affair with the opposition planning to corner the government on issues of slow progress on regularisation of unauthorised colonies, price-hike, law and order and corruption.