Y' Day's Assembly adjournment saddened me: Prem Singh

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New Delhi, Apr 2 (UNI) Delhi Assembly Speaker Prem Singh today said he was saddened by the developments in the Assembly yesterday which had to be adjourned for the day without any business for lack of quorum, something which the opposition described as "a matter of shame" and 'unprecedented in the history of the Vidhan Sabha'.

Admitting a resolution moved by Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jagdish Mukhi, BJP Chief whip Saheb Singh Chauhan and Mr Mange Ram Garg under rule 107, calling for urgent steps to tackle water scarcity and check skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, the Delhi Assembly Speaker said,''a short duration discussion on the issue of water scarcity in Delhi had been listed in the agenda of the House for yesterday but due to the lack of quorum, the sitting of the house had to be adjourned and the discussion could not take place.'' Expressing sadness over the development, the Speaker said,''the adjournment of the House yesterday without transacting any business pained me. In my 50 years of political life, I have never witnessed such a thing.

I have always appealed to the members of the House to maintain discipline and dignity of the House and ensure that all of us fulfil our responsibility towards the public by remaining present in the House and help achieve solutions to their problems. I feel that unless we are committed to the public and solution of their problems, then their resolution cannot be achieved.'' Describing the adjournment as unprecedented, BJP MLAs, led by Jagdish Mukhi alleged that it was for the first time in the History of the Delhi Vidhan Sabha that the House had to be adjourned just after commencement of proceeding for the day.

''Though there have been instances of the House having been adjourned during midday for lack of quorum it is unprecedented for the House to be adjourned without transacting any business due to this''BJP MLAs said.

UNI AR AKJ HT1928

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