BJP MLA Om Prakash Sharma on Tuesday continued to be in the spotlight after he returned to the House after being marshalled out. Soon after Assembly proceedings resumed around 4.40 pm after a break, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel told Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta that he had withdrawn his order, allowing Sharma to attend the House proceedings.
When given the opportunity to speak, Sharma proposed to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia that the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi conduct an inquiry to ascertain the genuineness of all its MLAs.
Earlier, Sharma was marshalled out of the Assembly after he stepped up to the seat of Kejriwal while he was speaking about the arrest of former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar.
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Political jibes stole the thunder even as MLAs of both AAP and BJP sought time to address issues concerning unauthorised construction, water and power shortage. “For the last 46 years, since the time we were in college, we dreamed of being members of a prestigious House like this (Legislative Assembly) and serving the people. We have now got the opportunity to do that. But we read all kinds of reports in the press. That is why I feel that the degrees of all MLAs must be inquired into in a time-bound manner,” Sharma said.
Decibel levels soared as AAP MLAs responded by hooting, shouting and thumping their desks. A voice from the huge majority of AAP MLAs shouted out, “In that case degrees of all MPs should also be inquired into. Why only Delhi MLAs?”
“Every morning I wake up and sweep my house clean not that of my neighbour. I am a member of this House and I can only speak for that which is in its interest,” Sharma said. “Degreewalon par dhyaan doh. Bahut andar jaanewale hai (Pay attention to those with degrees. Many may land up behind bars),” Sharma told the ruling party MLAs.