Congress, BJP against session outside Delhi Assembly

Say they are for the Jan Lokpal Bill only if it is passed in accordance with rules and within the House.

New Delhi | Published:February 6, 2014 12:47 am
The AAP government had proposed to hold a session of the Assembly at a stadium and has invited the public to attend. (Reuters) The AAP government had proposed to hold a session of the Assembly at a stadium and has invited the public to attend. (Reuters)

A day after the Delhi Congress and the BJP raised objections over the unconstitutionality of the Delhi Government’s tabling of the Jan Lokpal Bill without approval from the Centre, sources in both parties said several legislators were against attending an legislative session outside the Delhi Assembly.

The AAP government had proposed to hold a session of the Assembly at a stadium and has invited the public to attend.

A senior leader of the Congress, which supports the AAP government from the outside, said, “There is a large section of the party that is against attending any legislative session outside the Delhi Assembly. Though it is up to the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) to decide, many of us are against such gimmicks.”

Sources in the Congress also reiterated that they could not support a Bill, regardless of its intent, if rules were not followed.
“There are different rules for governing Delhi. If the AAP government does not get the approval of the Lieutenant-Governor and the Union Home Ministry, the Congress cannot support such a Bill,” a senior leader said.

Even the BJP concurred. “There is a reason legislative sessions are held in a secure place. Decorum needs to be followed and absolute silence and concentration is necessary. Can the AAP can assure this? Are they willing to spend more money on sound-proofing an indoor stadium for some populist move? Senior BJP leaders are opposed to attending a session outside the House,” a  party functionary said.

According to the BJP, the AAP’s attempts to bypass rules have “exposed” it. “It is only trying to govern on the television or social media. Such rules are made for a purpose. We are for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill, but it must be done the correct way,” a senior leader said.

One of the three independent MLAs in Delhi even raised doubts over the legal sanction for the AAP’s Bill for Delhi. “There is a Lokpal Act in the Centre and now they are bringing in one for the state. This again needs prior approval from the Centre so that the two Acts are not at cross purposes. The AAP must understand this,” he said.

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    Samanya Aadmi
    Feb 6, 2014 at 1:27 am
    Toilet room of AK's house will be most suitable venue for Delhi Governments' cabinet meet.
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    Samanya Aadmi
    Feb 6, 2014 at 1:27 am
    Toilet room of AK's house will be most suitable venue for Delhi Governments' cabinet meet.
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    Brijkhanna
    Feb 6, 2014 at 2:56 am
    If Aam Aadmi Party speaker convene the embly session outside embly Hall, both Congress and BJP should seek a NO CONFIDENCE motion against speaker.
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    Abhishek
    Feb 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm
    Decorum? Why do these guys watch in embly then?
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    Abhishek
    Feb 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm
    Decorum? Why do these guys watch in embly then?
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    Novelty Account
    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm
    These parties are talking about silence and decorum. What a giant lol. Any one who has seen LS discussions knows how much decorum and silence is there.
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    L Sahoo
    Feb 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm
    Great going AAP & Arvind K. You can only save the country from these corrupt politicians from BJP, Congress, Regional parties, with blessing of God. These BJP, Congress, Regional parties are getting crores of rupess from big corporate houses by doing corrupt deals with Ambani, Adani etc. So, with whatever transparent public money you are getting, you bravely fight against thiese financial mighty BJP/congress/SP/DMK etc etc. ..Jai Hind. "Bharat Mata ki Jai"
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    Utkarsh
    Feb 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm
    People.. absolute silence and concentration is observed by our leaders... understand?Wonder why "baith jaayiye.. shaant ho jaayiye" has become a hit...#hypocrites
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