The no confidence motion of the BJP against the state government was defeated by a voice vote in the Winter Session of the Delhi Assembly on Wednesday. After a marathon debate and then voting on the motion, the government put a resolution demanding an end to the sealing drive in the city.
Moving the resolution, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said: "This House expresses its grave concern at the prevailing fear, panic and uncertainty in large segments of the population arising from the sealing drive of MCD despite various enactments and notifications both by the Parliament and the Union government which will render lakhs of people jobless in the city. The House resolves that the sealing drive be stopped immediately till the finalisation of the Master Plan of Delhi—2021 by the Union government. The House further requests the Union Urban Development Ministry to finalise the Master Plan of Delhi—2021 at the earliest and to move the Supreme Court to suspend operations of its orders till the notification of the Delhi Master Plan—2021".
The BJP legislators repeatedly asked Dikshit whether the sealing drive would commence on Thursday or not. The CM preferred to ignore the jibes of the BJP and refused to answer. When Dikshit started speaking on the no confidence motion, the opposition MLAs jumped in the Well of the House shouting slogans. A BJP MLA, Moti Lal Sodhi, tore apart his shirt and then his vest in protest against what he called the "autocratic and arbitrary" functioning of the Delhi government and its inability to prevent sealing.
Following the pandemonium, Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh summoned the Marshals to physically evict the BJP MLAs from the House. It was only after their expulsion that Dikshit could speak and move the government resolution.
Anti court sentiments were expressed by two Congress MLAs in the debate—Vijay Locchav and Jile Singh Chauhan. "If we need to go against the court we should not hesitate," said Locchav, adding, "the elected representatives are facing humiliation in their constituencies due to the orders of the court".
Kiran Walia, representing Hauz Khas in the Assembly, wanted relief for the colonies in the A and B category. "What wrong have the shopkeepers in these colonies done?" she asked. Walia said even the pre 1962 colonies are facing sealing and the threat of affidavits.
Dikshit said: "We haven't faltered on any constitutional step. We have taken and are taking all measures to help the traders".