Sealing issue dominates Delhi Assembly session

Published: Sunday, November 12, 2006, 21:06 [IST]
 

New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) The sealing issue dominated the ninth session of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, which concluded here on Friday.

The issue dominated proceedings of the House whether in the form of the Opposition-sponsored No Confidence Motion against the Sheila Dikshit Government or the Resolution brought by the state Government urging the Centre to stop the sealing drive immediately till the finalisation of the Master Plan 2021.

Further, the questions, special mention and other matters raised in the House were related to sealing.

The issue held centrestage right from the opening day of the session on October 30 when Leader of the Opposition in the House Jagdish Mukhi gave a notice for No Confidence Motion against the state Government.

The discussion on the Motion started on October 30, immediately after obituary references to renowned Shehnai Vadak Ustad Bismillah Khan, former Lt Governor P K Dave and ex-MLA Jagdish Anand, and concluded on November 1 with the defeat of the Motion.

It is the first time in the history of the State Legislative Assembly that such a long debate was held on any No Confidence Motion. About 30 members participated in the discussion.

On November 1, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit moved a resolution in the House urging the Union Government to stop the sealing drive in Delhi till the finalisation of the Master Plan 2021. The resolution also requested the Urban Development Ministry to finalise the Master Plan at the earliest and to move the Supreme Court to suspend operation of its orders till the notification of the Master Plan 2021.

However, subsequent to the introduction of the resolution, the Supreme Court passed an order saying that the sealing will not stop.

In light of the order, the Government resolution further pleaded that a scheme for rehabilitation of traders whose shops were being sealed should be announced by the DDA and the MCD.

''More market areas, including space for hawkers and vendors, should be made available, more parking areas should be made available and for negative traders, special areas should be made available at the earliest,''the Government resolution said.

The resolution was accepted by the House on November 7.

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