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Security marks Parliament winter session

Winter Session of Delhi Assembly began amidst unprecedented security on Monday, reports Amitabh Shukla.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 20:56 IST

The 10-day Winter Session of the Delhi Assembly began amidst unprecedented security on Monday. All roads leading to the Assembly were sealed as the traders and the BJP had threatened to lay a seize on the complex.

The high temperature outside was matched in the House with members cutting across party lines demanding a solution to the sealing drive. The BJP moved a no-confidence motion against the government saying it did not have a right to stay in office. The BJP MLAs raised slogans inside and outside the House and demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Initiating the debate on a no confidence motion, Leader of Opposition Jagdish Mukhi said a civil disobedience movement against the Congress rule in MCD, state government and the Centre has started in Delhi.

"The situation has turned so bad that the trader is ready to violate the court and government orders," he said. Mukhi said several court orders in the past have not been implemented and the one on sealing too should be put in the cold  storage.

"If sealing restarts on November 1, there would be serious repercussions in Delhi and only the Congress would be held accountable," he warned.

Taking the debate further, NCP MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri ridiculed the Congress for supporting the bandh called by the traders and the BJP. "This is ironical as the Congress was supporting a bandh against its own government," he said.

Bidhuri slammed the BJP for doing little when it was in power for six years at the Centre. "Did the BJP ever bring a no confidence motion against its former UD minister who made life hell for the residents and the traders?" Bidhuri asked, without naming Jagmohan.

He demanded severe action against the DDA officers for failing the people of Delhi in discharging their duty and making available commercial space.

Replying to the debate, Urban Development Minister AK Walia listed the steps which the Union government has taken to help out the people grappling with unauthorised constructions and sealing.

Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely asked the BJP: "Where are the bulldozers now?" Referring to the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006, he said time has been sought for the unauthorised constructions. He also referred to the solution of the problem of street vendors through the same Act and said a similar solution would be found for the sealing issue also.

The sealing issue and debate on the no confidence motion would dominate the proceedings of the House on Tuesday also. Dikshit would reply to the motion and then it would be put to vote. As the BJP has only 20 members in the House, it has no chance of bringing down the Congress government.

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