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Stormy day at Delhi Assembly

delhi Updated: Aug 29, 2011 23:32 IST
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Charges flew thick and hard and sloganeering reached its pinnacle as the morning session of the Delhi legislative assembly got off to a stormy start. The Speaker was forced to adjourn the House twice for smaller durations and later for the day.

BJP members had been demanding immediate discussion on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report and the Shunglu Commitee report on alleged irregularities in CWG. But the ruling Congress was opposed to it and accused the BJP for obstructing the proceedings of the house.

BJP MLAs also tried to corner the Congress on 22% hike in electricity tariff. They trooped to the well of the house demanding immediate rollback, forcing Speaker Yoganand Shastri to adjourn the proceedings.

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit later said that the CAG report cannot be discussed in the Assembly as it was the property of the central public accounts committee (PAC) of Parliament.

To Opposition leader VK Malhotra’s charges of corruption, a visibly upset Dikshit retorted, “Who is corrupt? If I say you are corrupt, it does not mean you are actually corrupt.”

Coming to her rescue, Delhi transport minister Arvinder Singh said the CAG report can be discussed once it comes to the Delhi Assembly. “There are several experienced Assembly members in BJP. They should know the rules,” Singh said.

Malhotra, however, said the Congress government was shying away from discussion. “The documents (the two reports) are available on the Internet and everywhere,” he added.

Taking a dig at Dikshit’s recent statement that she was ready to have chief minister under the ambit of Lokpal, Malhotra said she herself discarded recent orders passed by Delhi Lokayukta on wrong advertisement before elections and against her minister (Rajkumar Chauhan) for misusing his office. “The passing of resolution on Hazare in Parliament and in assembly are hogwash,” said Malhotra.

When asked to comment on Malhotra’s statement, Sheila Dikshit said, “Who is Mr Malhotra? Whatever he says is not the bible of truth.”

“It was not Delhi government but the President of India who rejected Lokyaukta’s recommendations (to sack Chauhan),” said Dikshit.