Police chief goes to the House

Police chief goes to the House

BJP tells home minister to resign, CM assures security for MLAs

With commissioner of police B K Gupta present in officer’s gallery, an intense debate on the deteriorating law and order situation in the national capital took place in Delhi Assembly on Tuesday.

The discussion was initiated by leader of opposition in the House, V K Malhotra, who expressed grave concern over increasing crime incidents and demanded home minister P Chidambaram to resign over the issue.

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit assured security to all Members of Legislative Assembly at the earliest and a resolution in this regard was unanimously passed in the House.

“An MLA was attacked inside his office few days ago. Several others have threat perceptions and even brought the matter to the notice of the House and police. My concern is that even if an MLA does not feel safe in this city, one can understand the fear in which a common man lives here,” said Malhotra.

Delhi police work directly under home minister and he should resign on moral grounds, added Malhotra demanding a CBI enquiry into the attack on Najafgarh MLA Bharat Singh.
Malhotra also questioned government’s failure to install CCTV cameras across the city, which could go a long way in curbing crime.

“You can spend Rs 900 crore to renovate Connaught Palace or Rs 1,600 crore to build signature bridge. But you have no money to install CCTV cameras,” said Malhotra.

Heated exchange of words took place between treasury benches and BJP members when Karan Singh Tanwar, BJP MLA made an allegation on rising crime figures.

Congress object

The Congress raised objection to the comment and Speaker Yoganand Shastri ordered the words to be deleted from the House proceedings.

While BJP MLAs attacked police for inefficient efforts to curb crime, Congress MLAs pointed out BJP’s discrepancies during its tenure.

“Let us not forget that attack on Indian Parliament took place when BJP was in power at the centre,” said T S Marwah, Congress MLA while congratulating Delhi police for arresting four people in connection with the attack on Bharat Singh.

Dikshit assured all legislators that she will wholeheartedly try to get security provisions sanctioned.
“ If necessary, I will write to union home minister. Government will also not hesitate in meeting the expenses for providing security to all MLAs in case the need arises,” added Dikshit.
MLAs Dharam Dev Solanki, Naresh Gaud, Mukesh Sharma, Shoib Iqbal, Balram Tanwar and Surender Kumar also participated in the discussion.
DH News Service

Luxury living costs more

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday introduced Delhi Tax on Luxuries (Amendment) Bill, 2012, which would levy a 3 per cent luxury tax on banquet halls, spa and health clubs that have a turnover of over Rs 5 lakh, reports Deccan Herald News Service. The Bill also aims to levy 3 per cent
luxury tax on hotel rooms that charges between Rs 750 and Rs 1,000. While the tax would increase the burden on people who use these services, the government aims to earn an additional Rs 15 crore in revenue. Consumers are not happy with the move.

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