Sujay Mehdudia

Changed political equations visible during the House proceedings

  • Speaker allowed the House to be adjourned within 30 minutes of it being convened
  • Congress MLAs have given notices for amendments to the resolution

    NEW DELHI: In an attempt to re-assert her position and show her rivals in poor light, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has snubbed the resolution passed by the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on October 29 and instead gone ahead with introduction of her own resolution on the issue of sealing and notification of the new Master Plan for Delhi 2021 in the Delhi Assembly. On the other hand, the sealing issue and expulsion of the BJP members from the House have dominated the first half of the winter session.

    The changed political equations within the ruling Congress were quite visible during the proceedings of the House as the Chief Minister managed to once again strike a "special rapport'' with Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh and managed to fox her opponents within the party and the Congress Legislature Party (CLP). Strong rumours are doing rounds in the political circles that both Ms. Dikshit and Chaudhary Prem Singh have buried their differences of the past and patched up to take on the rivals of the Chief Minister.

    It is understood that Mr. Prem Singh has decided to join hands with Ms. Dikshit and part ways with her rivals within the party.

    A normally stern-faced Assembly Speaker, who left no opportunity to corner the Government or its Ministers in the past, has been seen going soft on the Government this time around.

    The very fact that on November 2 the Speaker allowed the House to be adjourned within 30 minutes of it being convened on a crucial day when the Chief Minister's resolution was listed for debate and voting indicated that some kind of tacit understanding had been reached between the Speaker and the Chief Minister's camp. There was no reason for sudden adjournment of the House when the entire agenda for the day had been circulated in advance. The whole episode gave rise to speculation on the new warmth between Mr. Prem Singh and Ms. Dikshit and showed the Assembly Secretariat in poor light, as probably for the first time in recent years, the Question Hour was not taken up despite the House having four sittings.

    On her part, Ms. Dikshit, unruffled by the turns of events on October 30 in the CLP meeting, snubbed the party and its resolution on the issue of sealing and went ahead with her own resolution without incorporating the view point of the party, something that was done by the Nationalist Congress Party MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri who introduced an amendment for carrying out Constitutional amendment to end sealing. It is another matter that this debate will generate a lot of heat on Monday as a number of ruling Congress MLAs have also given notices for amendments to the resolution.