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Delhi Assembly: BJP stalls proceedings, demands CM's resignation

New Delhi: The Monsoon session of Delhi Assembly today got off on a stormy note with BJP stalling the proceedings and demanding resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the wake of a court holding as "maintainable" the complaint against her in a CWG graft case.

As soon as the proceedings started, Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra and a number of BJP MLAs raised the issue of a local court order pertaining to alleged graft in CWG projects and demanded that Dikshit should step down to ensure a free and fair probe.

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Malhotra said the Chief Minister must resign as the court has ordered for a detailed probe against Dikshit and others. Congress MLAs vociferously protested against the allegation.

BJP members shouted slogans which prompted Speaker Yoganand Shastri to adjourn the House for 30 minutes. When the House re-assembled, there was no let up in situation and the Speaker had to adjourn it again for another 15 minutes. Ruling Congress on its part rejected the demand for Dikshit's resignation. The House met for the third time when BJP demanded a special discussion on the issue, which was rejected by the Speaker, following which opposition MLAs staged a walk-out.

"Let BJP say whatever they want to say. They are making wild allegations. They are not allowing Parliament to function. Now, they do not want the assembly to discuss important issues," Dikshit told reporters outside the House.

Speaking to reporters later, Malhotra alleged that the city government has been involved in "open loot" and Dikshit has been using her "influence" to scuttle any investigation into the CWG graft.

"The Chief Minister must resign to ensure a fair probe into the case. She has lost moral right to remain in the post after the court order," he said.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Yaduvanshi on Friday had held as "maintainable" a complaint against Dikshit and others for alleged graft in CWG projects.

The court also issued a notice to the Deputy Commissioner of Police and Additional DCP of the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police to appear in person before it on September 26 with "proper reports" as sought by it on the complaint filed by RTI activist Vivek Garg.

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