On Day 1 of Delhi Assembly session, war of words over Chinese manjha

During the debate on the issue, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia appealed to the Centre to ban the import of the glass-coated kite string.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 23, 2016 3:56:28 am

The Delhi Assembly session, which began Monday, saw AAP MLAs and the opposition trading charges over the delay in banning of Chinese manjha (kite string) in the capital.

During the debate on the issue, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia appealed to the Centre to ban the import of the glass-coated kite string. “Import is not a state subject and I appeal to the Centre to ban manjha because even if we ban it, people can bring it from neighbouring states.”

However, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta alleged that the government sat on the file for a year before issuing the draft notification to ban manjha. “It is after the court’s ruling that the government woke up and issued the draft notification… Did the government have any communication in this regard with the Centre or with the Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments? Why did it not ban manjha on its own? Environment is a complete state subject and banning manjha is a constitutional obligation,” said Gupta.

Taking a dig at Gupta, Sisodia said this is the first time the LoP has accepted that the government has some powers and subjects under its jurisdiction.

“If we had banned manjha, Guptaji would have asked us if we had taken approval from the Lt Governor. All I have to say is that we have to rise above party lines and ensure that Chinese manjha is banned,” said Sisodia.

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