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BJP stalls LS, demands introduction of Delhi Demolition Bill

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, May 11 (UNI) The Opposition BJP today vociferously demanded the introduction of the Delhi Demolition Bill in the Lok Sabha as promised by the government, stalling the House proceedings.

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned the Lok Sabha for the day within five minutes of the laying of papers at 1200 hrs, when the House met after two adjournments.

Earlier when the House met after the first adjournment at 1130 hrs, BJP Deputy Leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra and his colleagues were again on their feet, demanding the introduction of the Bill that proposes to stop for one year the demolition drive in Delhi.

Mr Malhotra said the government had no intention of introducing the Bill as it had not been listed in today's agenda.

Intervening, the Urban Development Minister said the government very much wanted to bring in the Bill today but could not do so as its Hindi version had not been prepared.

He said the government was ready to introduce, debate and pass the Bill tomorrow if the House agreed. He said the government would get the Hindi version available by tomorrow.

Devendra Prasad Yadav (RJD) said the Bill should not be introduced until the Hindi translation was available.

Mr Chatterjee said Hindi being the national language, the Bill should be available in Hindi.

He said he was adjourning the House till 1200 hrs for the laying of papers as decided by the leaders of political parties during the intervening period of the adjournment.

At 1205 hrs, before the House adjourned for the day, Mr Chatterjee expressed the hope that the House would witness ''business-like'' proceedings from tomorrow.

Earlier, when the house met for Question Hour, Mr Malhotra said it was a breach of privilege that the Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy yesterday announced to the media the introduction of the Bill when Parliament was in session.

''But the Bill is neither listed in today's business, nor was it taken up in the Business Advisory Committee meeting,'' Mr Malhotra said.

He said more than 4,000 shops, 800,000 houses and 300,000 jugghi clusters had been bulldozed in the demolition drive.

Even the day when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave assurance to Delhi MPs that no demolition would take place, 500 houses were razed to the ground.

Countering him, Mr Reddy said it was because of the BJP-led NDA government that the situation had come to such a pass.

Mr Malhotra was supported by Prabhunath Singh (JD-U) who said the municipal corporation in Delhi was becoming powerful and a debate should take place whether it or the government should run Delhi.

Intervening, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said the Constitution was clear on the role of different authorities. The Executive worked under the direction of the government which was responsible to the House. ''That power will not be taken away.... We will enforce our right''.

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