Staff Reporter

DPCC chief condemns action against Hastsal legislator

NEW DELHI: The three-time sitting Congress MLA from Hastsal, Mukesh Sharma, was on Thursday put under house arrest by the Delhi police in view of the sealing exercise undertaken by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in his constituency.

Condemning the police action, Mr. Sharma alleged that not even his family members were allowed to move out of the house by the police.

As news about Mr. Sharma's arrest spread in the areas, people from adjoining areas started gathering on the main road in Vikaspuri and blocked traffic in protest. Soon Congress Councillor and Standing Committee Chairman nominee Jai Kishen Sharma also reached Mr. Sharma's house but they were prevented from going inside.

A large number of shopkeepers also came out on the streets in protest against the sealing going on at Janakpuri, Shankar Garden, Krishna Park and Uttam Nagar. However, a large presence of police ensured that the situation did not get out of control.

Stating that he would continue to raise his voice against the ongoing sealing, Mr. Sharma once again pleaded with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to convene a meeting of the Delhi Cabinet and pass a resolution for bringing about an Ordinance on the issue.

"If this is not possible then the Chief Minister should lead a hunger strike by the MLAs to get justice for the people of Delhi,' he added.

Later, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ram Babu Sharma and Outer Delhi MP Sajjan Kumar condemned the house arrest of Mr. Mukesh Sharma. The DPCC president said no action should be taken to complicate the situation and the elected representatives had the right to protest in the interest of the people.