Delhi Assembly Session Turns Chaotic

It was not just the Parliament, but the Delhi Assembly also saw unruly scenes with the Congress and BJP MLAs trooping into the Well of the House shouting slogans, breaking mikes and tearing papers on the Speaker’s table demanding resignation of Law Minister Somnath Bharti over his midnight raid against African women in South Delhi. 

Published: 14th February 2014 08:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2014 12:08 PM   |  A+A-

It was not just the Parliament, but the Delhi Assembly also saw unruly scenes on Thursday with the Congress and BJP MLAs trooping into the Well of the House shouting slogans, breaking mikes and tearing papers on the Speaker’s table demanding resignation of Law Minister Somnath Bharti over his midnight raid against African women in South Delhi.      

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed “match-fixing” between the BJP and the Congress over the issue because of the Delhi Government’s move to file FIR on the gas pricing issue.

“It was a coordinated effort by the BJP and the Congress. The Congress does not support the AAP, but the BJP,” he said.

The four-day Delhi assembly session, which started on Thursday, has been called specially to pass the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi Government’s pet Janlokpal Bill and Swaraj Bill.

Following repeated disruptions, the House was adjourned for the day without doing any legislative business.

While copies of anti-corruption legislation were circulated to the MLAs to enable them to study and the Bill is likely to be tabled in the Assembly on Friday, the Swaraj Bill, which intends to decentralise power in the national capital with mohalla sabhas, was passed by the Delhi Cabinet. 

Kejriwal has already said that he may resign, if other parties fail to support the Lokpal Bill. The Congress and the BJP have insisted on “constitutional provisions only” for their support.

As the House met, BJP legislators came into the Well of the House demanding Bharti’s resignation and they were soon joined by the Congress MLAs. Holding placards, they shouted slogans and disrupted the proceedings of the Assembly several times.   

Some BJP MLAs broke Speaker M S Dhir’s mike and threw papers in the House. Adding to the chaos, Congress legislator Mohammad Asif reached near the Speaker’s table and tore away some papers. He also broke a mike and put it in front of Kejriwal’s chair. BJP MLA R P Singh put some bangles and lipsticks on the desk of Bharti while JDU MLA Shoaib Iqbal jostled with the Speaker’s chair.

The BJP has given a Calling Attention notice against the Law Minister and Bharti’s comments were sought. The Law Ministry had on Wednesday clarified that the Delhi Government needs prior consent of the Centre before it can table the Jan Lokpal Bill, but the Delhi Government rejected it.

Meanwhile, the AAP on Thursday fired a fresh salvo against Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung for not making public his association with the Mukesh Ambani headed Reliance Industries.

Attacking Jung over the Reliance Gas issue, party spokesperson Ashutosh said that Jung had worked with the “Ambanis” in the past and he should have posted these facts on his website.

In a separate incident, the BJP and the Congress on Thursday jointly attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing him of indulging in sensationalism to remain in the news.

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