The Delhi assembly’s monsoon session, starting Tuesday, is likely to begin on a stormy note with the Opposition BJP trying to corner the ruling Congress on the issue of illegal colonies, law and order and price hike.
The session holds special significance as it will be last assembly session of the fourth term of the Delhi assembly.
This will be the first time that Delhiites will be able to watch the proceedings of the House live. The house proceedings would be webcast live on the assembly website, www.delhiassembly.nic.in.
Leader of the Opposition (Bharatiya Janata Party) in Delhi Assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra said his party had given 20 notices for discussion on various issues of which the business advisory committee of the assembly secretariat has accepted two under the short duration notice.
“Delhi government has betrayed the people of Delhi on every front and even now it does not want to discuss the real issues in the Assembly,” Malhotra alleged.
The two issues that have been accepted for discussion include illegal colonies, the hike in water and electricity tariff and price rise.
Alleging that the Congress was never serious about discussing issues in the House, Malhotra said the session was called for just 101 days in the past five years.
“Of these 100-odd days, 21 days were for private members, five days each were taken by L-G address (one each year) and budget session. Serious discussion happened only for 30-35 days. This is condemnable,” Malhotra said.
Delhi Assembly speaker Yoganand Shastri said he would try and ensure that serious and fruitful discussions take place in the four-day session.
“So many issues affecting the state need serious deliberation. I will try that both the parties get involved in serious discussion so that the people of Delhi also feel that their representatives were committed. I will try that no member is evicted from the house,” Shastri said.
The four-day session include one holiday (Wednesday for Janmashtmi) and one private members’ day (when no government works take place).
The treasury benches and the Opposition will get just two days for debate and discussion.