High drama in Delhi Assembly, BJP MLAs evicted

New Delhi: High drama was witnessed on Thursday in the Delhi Assembly as BJP MLAs were forcibly evicted after they created ruckus following Speaker's refusal to allow them to raise water and power problems in the capital on the floor of the House.

The trouble started soon after the Question Hour when Speaker Yoganand Shastri announced that Special Mention notices given by members of Opposition and ruling party could not be taken up due to paucity of time.

The BJP members were on their feet soon demanding that the issues concern common man and they have to be discussed. The ruling party members said they agree with the Speaker's decision, but Opposition members said a decision on this can only be taken unanimously by the House.

"If we don't discuss the issue in the Assembly, where do we discuss? This is not fair. The Speaker should allow us to raise the issues that concern common man," Leader of Opposition VK Malhotra said amid din in the House.

With the Speaker unrelenting, BJP members trooped into the well of the House prompting the Chair to call the marshals and remove the MLAs from the House.

However, the BJP MLAs did not move from the place and even picked up fights with the marshals. Speaker Shastri asked the marshals to remove the members immediately.

Before they were removed, the BJP members shouted slogans like 'Withdraw the bailout package to discoms' and said the Speaker was not taking the Opposition members into confidence before taking a decision.

Malhotra protested the Speaker's decision and left the house on his own.

Independent MLA Mohammad Asif Khan was also removed from the House after he insisted that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit clarify her stand on Congress leader Digvijay Singh's comments on Batla House encounter.