BJP protest plan set, price rise on agenda

Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has chalked out the route for a protest march that it is planning to hold on the first day of the budget session of Delhi Assembly, which starts on Monday. Delhi BJP President Vijender Gupta would lead the massive protest, while Leader of Opposition Vijay Kumar Malhotra would put the ruling Congress government on the mat inside the assembly. The budget session is scheduled to commence at 2 pm, and the opposition leaders would hit the roads at 11 am.

The opposition has submitted 23 issues like price rise, enhancement of electricity charges, traffic jam, Yamuna pollution, public distribution system, supply of polluted water and non-implementation of master plan for discussion, but only two issues, law and order and unauthorised colonies, were apparently accepted for discussion. 'We had submitted the issue of price rise for discussion on 23 May and have the receipt as well. The Speaker lied to the media on Saturday by claiming that it was not listed. We will also raise this issue in the house,' Vijay Kumar Malhotra.

The ruling party has also put up two issues for discussion. Trifurcation of MCD and cleaning of drainage by corporations. 'We will raise the leftover issues in the house on various other sections,' said Malhotra. The opposition also expressed its concern over the short duration of the budget sessions and demanded to extend it from 8 days to 13 days. 'The government is also bringing two bills for discussion. These issues need a detailed discussion. As of now, an issue is discussed for about 45 minutes,' added Malhotra. He demanded that the duration of the session should be set in such a way that a discussion on an issue last for four hours and entire days of sitting in a year, according to him, should be 60 days.

'People are facing severe water and power problems, but the government is sleeping. The recent increase in petrol prices have made life miserable in Delhi. We have organised a massive protest in front of all major offices of Delhi Jal Board (DJB),' said Vijender Gupta. The party has summoned the councillors and MLAs to take part in the protest. 'The MLAs of the party will lead the protest in their areas and then go to assembly to protest there,' added Gupta. BJP president claimed that thousands of BJP workers would assemble at the headquarters of DJB, Varunalaya at Jhandewalan, in addition to other prominent offices of the Board in Delhi, namely Rohini Sector-15, Narela, Budh Vihar, Piragarhi, Beriwala Bagh, Subhash Nagar, Delhi Gate, Najafgarh, Main Road Palam, Okhla Industrial Area-I, R K Puram Sec-7, Vikas Marg, Mayur Vihar-II, Dilshad Garden, Main Wazirabad Road, Sonia Vihar Water Plant, Idgah, Chandgi Ram Akhada, Delhi Legislative Assembly and Ashok Vihar Water Tank area.

He also hit the government on its PPP policy of water distribution. 'The Chairperson of DJB, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, has planned to privatise water supply in phases,' added Gupta. He alleged that the company, Swez Degramont, entrusted by the government to supply water, is blacklisted in Sweden, France and Italy.

'City is facing unplanned outages for six to eight hours, but power companies are profiteering by selling power to neighbouring states on higher rates. The summer action plan of the government has failed entirely,' added Gupta.

  • The house would sit for eight days, but opposition demands five days' extension
  • Only two of 23 issues submitted by BJP accepted for discussion
  • Congress would also encircle BJP on the delay in cleaning of drainage by the three corporations in the city and issues related to tri-furcation of MCD
  • VAT on petrol is completely done away with, petrol would be cheaper by around Rs 14 per litre
  • BJP accused the speaker Yoganand Shashtri of breach of privilege for disclosing the confdential report of Business Advisory Committee to media
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