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LoP cornered on the issue of police action against studentsDeputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addressing at the ongoing Vidhan Sabha session in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo
Rohith Vemula case

LoP cornered on the issue of police action against students

19 Jan 2017 | 1:34 AM

NEW DELHI:Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta’s jibe at Aam Aadmi Party MLAs today dubbing their remarks related to “police crackdown” in the national Capital and Hyderabad on student protestors demanding justice for Rohith Vemula and missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed as “flowery speeches and crocodile tears” prompted the ruling party MLAs to demand an apology from him or his suspension from the House.

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Ananya Panda

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 18

Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta’s jibe at Aam Aadmi Party MLAs today dubbing their remarks related to “police crackdown” in the national Capital and Hyderabad on student protestors demanding justice for Rohith Vemula and missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed as “flowery speeches and crocodile tears” prompted the ruling party MLAs to demand an apology from him or his suspension from the House.

Vociferous protests by the AAP lawmakers with many of them in smiles raising slogans of “Modi is anti-Dalit”, “BJP is anti-Dalit” and “shame-shame” Vijender Gupta disrupted the House proceedings on day two of the Winter Session which led Speaker Ram Niwas Goel to suspend the House.

Even after the House resumed, the protests against the BJP leader continued demanding that either he must apologise else resign from his post. The Speaker took a strong note and expunged the remarks of the LoP terming them “unfortunate” and allowed him to participate in the discussion with decency.

However, the ruling party MLAs refused to budge from their demand till Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia intervened and asked his party colleagues to let the House continue its business.

Resolution adopted condemning police action on protestors demanding justice for Vemula

Before the Delhi Assembly passed a resolution condemning the police action on protestors on Rohith Vermula issue in Delhi and Hyderabad— Gupta, lone Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) leader present in the House when the issue of Rohith Vermula was discussed, found himself cornered with AAP lawmakers first rushing towards him to hand over news reports to him on the issue and later into the House’s well demanding that the Speaker remove him from the position of LoP.

Gupta reminds govt of unified transport authority

As a supplementary during the 280 session, LoP Vijender Gupta sought to know from Transport Minister Satyendra Jain on steps taken by the AAP government for setting up a unified transport authority reminding him of the promise the AAP made in the poll manifesto.

On which Jain passed the buck on Delhi Development Authority saying the government had plans to bring 31 bus depots and 3 ISBTs but the DDA is yet to give its clearance.

The unified metropolitan transport body with jurisdiction over NCR as recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committee Report in 2013 on Transport, Tourism and Culture will resolve traffic congestion and ensure proper and planned traffic management, integration of bus services with metro etc.

LoP questions competence of DPCC over pollution 

The issue of pollution and steps taken to counter became another issue of contention between the AAP government and the Opposition whose leader Vijender Gupta unsatisfied over the written reply by Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain questioned the competency of the city’s pollution control authority, DPCC.

Hussain stated that pollution levels were “not rising” in Delhi and that the Delhi Pollution Control Committee was adequately staffed something which was not bought by the LoP who alleged that the government has failed to utilise the budget allocation of Rs 79 crore despite the lapse of nearly ten months of the current fiscal year.

Gupta criticised the Environment Minister for not framing a concrete policy of the government in the House to tackle pollution plaguing the city and demanded to know the funds spent and number of polluting industries penalised.

However, the minister accused him of “politicising” the matter and listed the steps taken by the government, including ban on DG sets and the closure of Badarpur plant till January 31, to tackle pollution.

DDA housing scheme likely to be launched next month

19 Jan 2017 | 1:29 AM

NEW DELHI:The new housing scheme of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which is being delayed, is likely to be launched in February.

DU student molested by bank worker

19 Jan 2017 | 1:29 AM

NEW DELHI:A student of Daulat Ram, an all-girl college of Delhi University, was molested by an employee of the Indian Overseas Bank located inside the college when she went to make some transaction.

DU student molested by bank worker

19 Jan 2017 | 1:29 AM

NEW DELHI:A student of Daulat Ram, an all-girl college of Delhi University, was molested by an employee of the Indian Overseas Bank located inside the college when she went to make some transaction.

BJP urges activists to throw out AAP

BJP urges activists to throw out AAP

19 Jan 2017 | 1:30 AM

NEW DELHI:The BJP today appealed to its activists to make contacts with people to fight for those magical five per cent additional votes which failed the saffron party in the last elections and make Delhi free from the clutches of a government which has been exploiting them for its political expansion.

‘Minorities not adequately represented in police, DDA’

19 Jan 2017 | 1:31 AM

NEW DELHI:Representatives from minority communities constitute a minuscule percentage and not more than 5 per cent in major service departments, including the Delhi Police, DDA and even in departments like tourism and transport, going by a government report expressing concern on the situation.

Rastogi admits to 58 cases of girl child abuse

19 Jan 2017 | 1:31 AM

NEW DELHI:The alleged paedophile Sunil Rastogi involved in raping the minor girls, during the interrogation so far, has admitted today to his involvement in 58 cases, the Delhi Police now is trying to link 58 matters of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand state.

Criminal held for murder attempt

19 Jan 2017 | 1:31 AM

NEW DELHI:The Crime Branch has arrested a fugitive criminal Ravinder, a 30-year-old resident of Aaram Bagh, Paharganj.

Cong initiates to empower women: Maken

18 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

NEW DELHI:Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken said it was the Congress party which took a serious initiative to empower women in politics.

Councillor's husband held for murder

18 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

NEW DELHI:The Crime Branch has arrested a fugitive criminal Ashish Tomar, 29, wanted in a daylight murder of Uttam Nagar.

MoU signed for AIIMS residential quarters

18 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

NEW DELHI:The NBCC (India) Limited, under the Ministry of Urban Development, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today, for redevelopment of residential quarters on West Ansari Nagar campus and Ayur Vigyan Nagar campus at a total cost of Rs.

Cong initiates to empower women: Maken

18 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

NEW DELHI:Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken said it was the Congress party which took a serious initiative to empower women in politics.

Civic polls: Govt notifies delimitation of 272 wards

18 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

NEW DELHI:BJP president Manoj Tiwari said that protest and other initiative of the saffron party today forced the Arvind Kejriwal government to send the delimitation file to the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

DU mulling entrance test for UG admissions

18 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

NEW DELHI:Delhi University, which usually begins its undergraduate admissions by Mayend, is mulling to start the process two months in advance and admit students through an entrance test rather than the traditional cut-offs.

BJP clamours for development

BJP clamours for development

18 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

NEW DELHI:A large number of BJP activists today held a demonstration near the Assembly on the first day of the Winter Session, demanding development in the national Capital.

Govt to form committee to probe MCD financial status

Govt to form committee to probe MCD financial status

18 Jan 2017 | 12:32 AM

NEW DELHI:Delhi Assembly today passed a resolution on setting up a fact-finding committee under the chairmanship of the Director of Local Bodies to examine the “financial crisis and alleged mismanagement” in the BJP-ruled municipal corporations.

Sidhu betrayed people by joining Cong: Phoolka

Sidhu betrayed people by joining Cong: Phoolka

17 Jan 2017 | 12:49 AM

NEW DELHI:Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader HS Phoolka today accused Navjot Singh Sidhu of betraying the people of Punjab by joining the Congress which he used to criticise earlier for corruption and the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.

Water supply to normalise by morning today

17 Jan 2017 | 12:46 AM

NEW DELHI:A day after very high ammonia levels were reported in water supplied to various parts of the national Capital, Delhi Jal Board said the situation would normalise by tomorrow morning.

Assembly Winter Session begins today

17 Jan 2017 | 12:46 AM

NEW DELHI:The two-day Winter Session of Delhi Assembly beginning tomorrow is likely to see attacks and counters attacks between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party and the Opposition MLAs over the strike by East Delhi civic body, functioning of the BJP-ruled MCD and the government not inviting new Lt Governor Anil Baijal to address the House, among others.

Child molester tells cops, ‘ It was fun'

17 Jan 2017 | 12:47 AM

NEW DELHI:The 38-year-old man who was arrested here yesterday for allegedly sexually assaulting hundreds of minor girls told police he used to "derive fun" out of the act and had his "first prey" in 2001.

Vigilance unit: Only six cases filed against cops last year

17 Jan 2017 | 12:46 AM

NEW DELHI:In the vigilance unit of Delhi Police, only six cases were registered against the six police personnel in 2016, whereas dozens of complaints were received.

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