BJP MLAs marshalled out of Delhi Assembly
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Last Updated: Monday, March 28, 2011, 21:27
New Delhi: All BJP MLAs were marshalled out of the Delhi Assembly for the third day on Monday after they disrupted proceedings demanding resignation of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the wake of Shunglu Committee report blaming her for irregularities in execution of various CWG projects.

It was trouble for the treasury bench from the word go as BJP MLAs, wearing black arm-band, vociferously raised the issue of Shunglu Committee's findings, forcing two brief adjournments of the House before they were evicted from the House.

Soon after House began its proceedings, Leader of Opposition VK Malhotra raised the issue demanding tabling of the Shunglu Committee report and seeking a detailed discussion on it.

As Speaker Yoganand Shastri rejected the demand, almost all the MLAs trouped to the well of the House shouting slogans and demanding the resignation of Dikshit.

Amid the pandemonium, the Speaker adjourned the House for 25 minutes. When the House re-assembled, BJP members again trouped to the well of the House raising anti-government slogans and even displaying some posters.

As repeated efforts to pacify the agitating MLAs did not fructify, Shastri again adjourned the House for 20 minutes.

When the House met after the second adjournment, the speaker said the Government was preparing a detailed response to the findings of the Shunglu committee and that it will be sent to the Prime Minister.

Not satisfied with Speaker's remarks, the BJP-MLAs again trouped to the well of the House and some of them even sat on the floor of the House, holding anti-government posters.

"The people of Delhi has a right to know from the Chief Minister about the government's position on the issue," said Malhotra.

As the pandemonium continued, Shastri asked the marshals to remove the BJP MLAs from the House. Two BJP MLAs were physically carried out by the marshalls after they refused to leave the House.

"This is atrocious. Whenever we try to raise something important, they just remove us from the House. This is against the democratic values of the country. This is gross injustice," Malhotra said later.

The budget session of the House, which was scheduled to run till Thursday, was adjourned today indefinitely.

Dikshit said as BJP was not ready to participate in Assembly proceedings and that may be the reason for Speaker's decision to adjourn the House indefinitely.


First Published: Monday, March 28, 2011, 21:27

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