Delhi Assembly witnessed high drama on Wednesday when ousted Aam Admi Party minister Kapil Mishra was heckled by AAP MLAs.
Mishra was heckled when he held out a banner demanding a special session of Delhi Assembly at Ramlila Maidan to discuss allegations of corruption against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“I was not allowed to speak. The moment I attempted to speak, four to five AAP MLAs started hitting me. It is perhaps for the first time that MLAs have been used to muffle a dissenting voice inside the House,” Mishra told reporters.
Mishra also alleged Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was behind the entire episode, saying the MLAs rushed towards him after he “prompted” them to do so.
AAP MLAs, including Madan Lal, Jarnail Singh, were seen lunging at Mishra and dragging him as he raised a poster referring to the allegations. As soon as this happened, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel ordered that Mishra be marshalled out of the House.
Soon after that the House was adjourned, only to be reconvened after 15 minutes to pass the state GST bill.
The Speaker called the incident ‘disturbing’.
“Whatever happened today inside the Delhi Assembly is unfortunate. I am deeply disturbed with the incident. Whatever they (AAP MLAs) did was wrong. The MLAs should not have left their seats,” he told reporters.
“During the 49-day AAP govt, we witnessed such scenes. It has happened even at the Lok Sabha. However, it was the first such incident during my tenure as speaker. Mishra’s demand to call one-day session at Ramlila Maidan was not right. I can also take action against this,” the Speaker added.
Mishra was removed as Water Resources and Tourism minster from the Delhi cabinet on May 6. The next day Mishra made startling corruption allegations against Kejriwal.
Until now Mishra has alleged seven matters of “corruption” including an “exchange” of Rs two crore between Kejriwal and Health minister Satyendar Jain.
(With inputs from PTI)