Govt adamant: Jan Lokpal Bill will be passed at Ramlila ground

Delhi Police having written a letter to the Delhi government expressing concern over an outdoor assembly session.

New Delhi | Published: January 27, 2014 2:28:02 am
AAP workers at Rail Bhawan. AAP workers at Rail Bhawan.

Merely a week after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led a two-day protest demanding action against police officers, the Delhi government and police are heading towards another collision course. This time over convening a session of the Delhi Assembly at the Ramlila ground to table a new Lokayukta Bill for the national capital.

And with the Delhi Police having written a letter to the Delhi government expressing concern over an outdoor assembly session, the final decision may be left to Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung, whose intervention ended the police-government deadlock last time. Senior Delhi government officials said a decision will be taken only after the state Cabinet clears the Lokayukta Bill on Tuesday.

However, sources in the AAP said that it was important for the party to pass the Bill at the Ramlila ground. “The same was mentioned in our manifesto, jingles referring to the same were aired on the radio and this was also part of our 18-point agenda before forming the government last month. Many want the Bill passed at an assembly session at the Ramlila ground,” a senior party leader said.

Sources in the AAP also said that they would not seek any more public consultations on the Bill as mentioned earlier. “This is probably the most-debated Bill right now in the public domain. There is no need for further consultations,” a senior leader said.

The Delhi Police had written to the chief secretary, expressing concern over the Ramlila assembly session in terms of security issues. “We have informed the Delhi government that there will be a major security issue in terms of screening the crowd and managing the number of visitors to the Ramlila maidan. The maidan will see visitors with varying political affiliations and if at all there are any differences or arguments, we could face a problem in terms of managing the crowd,” a police officer said.

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