Shying away from discussion on the issue of sealing and other issues affecting the people in the city, the Delhi Assembly was adjourned for the day “in support of the traders”.
Pandemonium broke out in the House as soon as it assembled after the Supreme Court’s decision not to grant any relief to the traders. Both the Opposition BJP and the Congress members rose to protest the sealing and express their displeasure on the latest court order.
Leader of Opposition, Jagdish Mukhi demanded that the House be adjourned and all the MLAs march to the residence of the Prime Minister under the leadership of chief minister Sheila Dikshit to seek his intervention. Congress MLAs Subhash Chopra, Bheesham Sharma, Mukesh Sharma and others too demanded intervention to save the traders.
As it became difficult for the Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh to conduct the House, he called both the Treasury and the Opposition Benches in his chamber. It was decided that the House would move a resolution adjourning it for the day to get an appointment with the PM.
The BJP soon backed out from the “unanimous” resolution after protest from MLAs of his own party. It remained a Congress resolution. BJP MLA Vijay Jolly asked: “How can we go to the PM under the leadership of Dikshit who is responsible for the mess in Delhi?”.
NCP’s Ramvir Singh Bidhuri came down heavily on the ruling party for the entire episode and said the government feared a discussion on the sealing. “The House was adjourned to meet the PM. Was the purpose achieved?” asked Bidhuri. The NCP MLA said the ruling benches do not want to discuss any issue and arrive at a consensus.
Deputy Speaker Shoaib Iqbal said, “this is one of the flimsiest reason on which the House was adjourned. This does not augur well for the legislature”. A minister, requesting anonymity said, “the claim of the Congress that the party is protecting the interests of the traders would get a severe beating with the decision to adjourn the House”. He said, they adjourned the House for an even like the “Phool walon ki sair” and now for meeting the PM.
Bidhuri added: “In the last six days of the Winter Session, no legislation has been passed neither has any discussion on the items in the agenda conducted. Legislation and discussion has taken a backseat and political bickering has dominated the session”.
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