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Delhi Assembly adopts report critical of Govt.

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New Delhi, Mar 3 (UNI) A Public Accounts Committee report which blames the Government of showing 'desperate haste' to privatise the distribution of power in the capital and demands a vigilance probe into the process was adopted by Delhi Assembly today.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who was in the House when the report was adopted by voice vote, told reporters later that the Government would come out with an action taken report on the PAC's recommendations.

The Opposition BJP members were on their feet almost immediately after the report -- prepared under the Chairmanship of Dr S C Vats (Cong) -- was adopted, demanding that Ms Dikshit should resign.

Bedlam prevailed for five minutes before Speaker Prem Singh adjourned the House for 30 minutes. When the House reassembled, the BJP members continued their noisy protest.

Leader of the Opposition Jagdish Mukhi said the report proved that the BJP was right in claiming largescale corruption in the power privatisation matter.

The CAG, a Standing Committee of Parliament and a report of the Planning Commission had earlier picked holes in the power privatisation process, he said. Now the PAC too has faulted the Government.

The Chief Minister had lost the moral right to continue in office after the House adopted the report, he maintained.

Many BJP members assembled before the Speaker's podium, raising anti-Sheila Dikshit slogans. Soon the marshals were called in to restore order.

The action taken report on the PAC's recommendations is to be sumbitted within the next three months.

The PAC report faults the Government on a number of counts on the power privatisation issue and recommends a probe by the Central Vigilance Commission into the role of officials who caused a loss of ''several thousand crores'' of rupees to the exchequer.

UNI VN RL RN1855

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