Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly Ram Niwas Goel on Wednesday denied the claims made by three BJP MLAs — that they had not been granted sufficient time to raise their points in the week-long Budget Session which concluded on Tuesday — and said they had to be “reprimanded”.
“On the day of the budget, (BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition) Vijender Gupta spoke for 45 minutes when he had asked only for 20 minutes. I had to reprimand them (legislators) from time to time. If they wanted to raise a ruckus and shout slogans, they could have done so for 10-15 minutes, but after that they should not have interrupted anyone, which they kept on doing everyday. They kept commenting on every statement made by every other MLA,” Goel said.
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On the last day of the Budget Session on Tuesday, AAP MLA Jarnail Singh had urged the Speaker to seek an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek a speedy probe in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
“We had written to the Prime Minister seeking a courtesy meeting earlier, but we have not been able to meet him yet. I will write to him once again today. Issues can be raised in the course of a courtesy meeting,” he said.
He added that he had already met the President with all the members of the legislative assembly and held a courtesy meeting with Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
“I took a few tips about conducting the House from her, though I am not as calm as she is,” Goel said.
The Speaker claimed that 80 per cent of the Aam Aadmi Party’s MLAs have now understood how the proceedings of the assembly are conducted and the quality of issues raised by them on the floor of the House has also improved.
“A few days before the session began on June 23, I called 10 MLAs who speak well and gave them some training in how to raise issues. I helped them identify good and relevant questions to be raised in the House. It did not matter if they were in favour (of the issues) or against them,” he said.
Before the Budget Session, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had held a “class” for MLAs, said Goel. “I told them that they should have patience,” Sisodia said.