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IG stadium booked, no venue to pass Delhi Lokpal

Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 04, 2014
First Published: 12:45 IST(4/2/2014) | Last Updated: 13:33 IST(4/2/2014)

Though the Delhi cabinet on Monday cleared the Delhi Lokpal Bill, 2014, the government does not have a venue to enable the public to take part in the special assembly.

According to sources, the AAP-led Delhi government initially wanted to hold the session at the Ramlila Maidan, but due to security concerns raised by police, it had decided to conduct the proceedings at the Indira Gandhi stadium.

But government sources said that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has informed it that the venue is already booked on February 16, and hence the assembly session cannot be held there.

The development has now sent the government into a tizzy and they are busy exploring other options. “We are now trying to look for another site as we have been informed that the venue is already booked on February 16. We need to look for a space soon as hardly anytime is left to find a venue and then make certain preparations too,” said a senior Delhi government official. 

Earlier, minister of urban development department Manish Sisodia had said that in a meeting of the cabinet it was decided to call the assembly session from February 13 to 16 and the House would sit at the Indira Gandhi stadium on the last day of the session where the public would also be invited to attend.

According to Delhi government officials, the cabinet decision on convening the Assembly session will have to be cleared by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

The Delhi Police had opposed the government’s proposal to hold the session at the Ramlila Maidan, citing security issues. The opposition had slammed the AAP government for wasting money by holding a session at Ramlila Maidan.

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