BJP demands Sheila resignation

The monsoon session of the Assembly opened to an uproar on Tuesday after the Opposition BJP demanded Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s resignation.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 5, 2012 1:35 am

The monsoon session of the Assembly opened to an uproar on Tuesday after the Opposition BJP demanded Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s resignation. This demand was met by vehement protest from Congress legislators.

The House was adjourned for the day after the BJP staged a walkout when Speaker Yoganand Shastri refused a debate on allegations of corruption during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

A ruckus began seconds into Leader of the Opposition V K Malhotra’s speech,“We have requested that Question Hour be cancelled and a debate held on CWG corruption charges,which includes Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,” Malhotra said. However,Shastri said a debate would not be allowed since the matter was sub-judice.

While the comment drew the ire of most Congress MLAs in the House,BJP legislators held up placards and shouted slogans against Dikshit. The Speaker adjourned the house for 30 minutes and again for 15 minutes after the impasse continued.

The BJP finally staged a walkout after Shastri’s refusal to hold the debate.

Malhotra asserted that Dikshit should resign as CM after a court held that a graft complaint against her and PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan was “maintainable”.

“The chief minister should resign after such allegations; the ruling Congress did not even allow a debate on the issue,” he said,adding that there was sufficient ground to conduct an investigation into Dikshit’s involvement in the scam.

Dikshit,however,denied all the allegations. “The BJP is known to make such wild allegations. Their behaviour in the Assembly is undemocratic and uncalled for. It looks like they are following their leaders in the Lok Sabha,” she said. She also said the BJP’s sloganeering and showing of placards were against the rules of the House.

Earlier,the House paid homage to film actor and Lok Sabha MP Rajesh Khanna and ex-member of the Metropolitan Council Mukhtyar Singh.

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