Chaos in House as BJP MLAs target Vadra,Cong hits back

Oppn claims water for West Delhi diverted to Vadra properties,Cong says wild allegation

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 15, 2013 12:54 am

Congress and BJP leaders took on each other in the Delhi Assembly on Thursday,after BJP MLAs alleged that water for residents in Palam and Bijwasan was being diverted to properties owned by Robert Vadra,son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi.

Congress legislators rose to Vadra’s defence,and countered the BJP. Speaker Yoganand Shastri’s repeated pleas for order were ignored. The House had to be adjourned for 40 minutes.

Later,when the House re-assembled,the BJP MLAs — Dharam Deo Solanki of Palam and Sat Prakash Rana of Bijwasan — repeated their demand for a thorough probe.

The issue came up during Question Hour,when Moti Nagar MLA Subhash Sachdeva sought details of water command tanks built in Delhi and the water supplied to such tanks.

Solanki and Rana claimed residents in their constituencies in West Delhi received no water from the Delhi Jal Board since the supply,they alleged,was being deliberately diverted.

“The command tank in Palam was built several years ago and water supply is yet to start. The people in my constituency have no filtered drinking water since 1998 and the water is instead being diverted to various hotel construction sites owned by Robert Vadra,” Solanki alleged.

He said there should be an immediate probe. Rana said he had written “thousands of letters” to the government and even met Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,but there had been no help.

Congress MLA from Vishwas Nagar,Naseeb Singh,said BJP was always raking up “unnecessary” issues.

“They want to make everything a political issue. Chief Minister had even replied to the question on water,but the BJP made wild allegations,” Singh said.

This is the third time the BJP has referred to Vadra in as many days,after raking up issues in Parliament and the Rajasthan Assembly.

Replying to Sachdeva’s question,Dikshit had said there was no need to form another committee as the DJB already had one,in which MLAs were members. Dikshit also said since the issue had been raised in the Assembly,the government would consider constituting another committee to look into the issue.

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