New Delhi: In a move aimed at ensuring
proper conduct of MLAs, Delhi Assembly has decided to form
an ethics committee on the lines of Rajya Sabha to prepare a
code of conduct for its members and monitor their activities.
Speaker Yoganand Shastri said the committee will keep
a tab on the conduct of MLAs both inside and outside the House
and it will even have power to recommend disqualification of
members if found guilty of "serious breach of conduct".
He said the allegations of BJP MLA from Bijwasan
Satprakash Rana misbehaving with a Delhi Jal Board engineer
has hastened the decision to form the committee.
Rana had allegedly roughed up a DJB engineer in
October last year following which a delegation of the agency
had approached the government to take appropriate action
against the MLA.
"We have decided to constitute a nine member committee
which will examine allegations of misconduct against the MLAs.
It is an effort to protect the dignity and pride of the House.
"The committee will have an eye on all the MLAs even
if the House is not in session," the Speaker said adding that
he has received a request from Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna to
sort out the issue involving Rana.
Shastri said history was repeated on the last day of
the assembly yesterday when Congress MLAs posed questions
that were supposed to be asked by Opposition BJP legislators
during the Question Hour.
The situation arose as BJP MLAs were expelled from the
House on Wednesday for the rest of the budget session which
Shastri, using the `Rule 42 of the Rules of Procedure
and Conduct of Business of the Assembly` gave the option to
the Congress MLAs to ask the questions that were listed to be
asked by the BJP MLAs.
"History was created for the second time in the
assembly. This practice was adopted for the first time on June
29, 2009," he said. A proposal congratulating the speaker for
using the special provision was passed by the House yesterday.
He said both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have adopted
the practice of Delhi Assembly and amended their Rules of
Procedure. "It is a matter of great pride for us that Lok
Sabha and Rajya Sabha have adopted this practice."
Asked about complaint of RJD MLA from Okhla Mohammad
Asif that the proceedings of the House were "relayed live"
outside with the help of a mobile phone, the Speaker said the
matter will be investigated.
Asif had claimed that "somebody had relayed the
proceedings through a mobile phone when he was talking about
the incident of attack on him by supporters of a Rajya Sabha