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The Delhi Cabinet Friday decided to call a special two-day session of the assembly to discuss “corruption and mismanagement” in the three BJP-run municipal corporations.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Del Assembly session next week to discuss how BJP’s MCD has made whole of Del into a garbage bin due to its corruption n mismanagement. Del govt has done commendable job in preventing dengue so far. MCD needs to improve its functioning.”
The session is scheduled to be held on June 9 and 10. “It will discuss urgent public issues concerning the people of the national capital, including the current unsatisfactory state of cleanliness in Delhi due to lax functioning of the three municipal corporations,” said the government in a statement Friday.
The Delhi Assembly had last convened a special session in July-August 2015 to discuss women’s safety after a 19-year-old girl was murdered in Anand Parbat.
Kejriwal and other AAP MLAs had launched a scathing attack on the Centre-controlled Delhi Police and its alleged failure to enforce law and order in the city. The AAP government had also contended that if the Centre could not ensure the safety of Delhi’s women, it should hand over the control of police to the Delhi government.
The special session also comes with the AAP set to contest civic elections in Delhi next year. The Delhi Statehood Bill, 2016 – which the government opened to suggestions from the public last month – entails the elected government’s control over the three civic bodies.
During the special session, the House is also likely to elect its new deputy speaker. Bandana Kumari resigned as deputy speaker following the civic bypolls. AAP MLA from Mongolpuri Rakhi Birla is expected to be Kumari’s successor.