Kejriwal rejects call to revisit decision on Assembly venue

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 10, 2014 20:19 hrs

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tonight rejected Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's call to revisit his decision to hold a special session of Delhi assembly for the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill at an open stadium, saying there will be no review of the move.

Kejriwal's assertion to hold the session at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium came hours after Jung asked him not to stick to the decision as Delhi police has expressed reservation over it citing possible law and order situation.

"It is the prime duty of the Delhi Police to ensure the safety of the people and if the Police Commissioner considers himself incompetent in doing so, should he continue to be in his post?," Kejriwal said.

On the issue of holding the final session of the Assembly at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Jung had conveyed to Kejriwal that it was imperative to take the views of the Delhi Police for maintenance of law and order.

"The Delhi Police is clear that it would not be possible to identify and segregate people coming to the venue who may have intention to disturb the Assembly. The inability to handle large crowds had become evident in the Janta Darbar and it would indeed be more difficult to control crowds within the vicinity of the Assembly.

"Therefore, in view of the law and order position and keeping in view the sanctity of the Assembly proceedings he has requested Kejriwal to reconsider this decision," the Lt Governor statement had said. 

    A statement from the CM's office said that in his reply to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Chief Minister has expressed surprise over the stand of the Delhi Police.

"The CM has stated that it is surprising to note that the police is expressing its inability to provide protection to the ministers and MLAs and in such a scenario if police cannot provide security in one stadium how can it be expected to keep the entire city safe?" it said.

The statement further added that it was the decision of the Delhi cabinet to hold a special session of the assembly in the open on February 16 and in case the Delhi Police finds itself incompetent to provide security for it, then adequate paramilitary forces and other forces should be sought from the Central Government.

"The CM has requested to the Lt Governor to help him taking the democracy beyond the closed walls and issues concerning the people must be debated in front of them and not behind closed doors," it added.

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