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Day 1 of Budget session: BJP MLA is thrown out

Kejriwal hits out at Narendra Modi; Tomar and Lalit Modi dominate proceedings as allegations fly both ways.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2015 1:50 am
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Everyone had anticipated that there would be acrimony and drama on the first day of Delhi Assembly’s Budget session, given the recent bad blood between the ruling party and the BJP. But the shouting and screaming in the House on Tuesday and the forced removal of an MLA gave the session an even stormier start.

The three-member BJP Opposition tried to take control of the proceedings right from the start, launching a loud attack on the AAP government for allegedly shielding former minister Jitender Singh Tomar.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was accused of supporting Tomar despite “knowing of his fake degree”.

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This set off a barrage of counter-allegations by Kejriwal, who targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not expelling his ministers whose names have surfaced in helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

The shouting match got worse when the BJP MLAs demanded a reply from the CM on why he “supported” Tomar.

After a15-minute adjournment, Kejriwal spoke.“I today challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come clean on the involvement of his cabinet minister and chief minister in the episode of helping Lalit Modi,” he said.

On Tomar’s alleged fake degrees, Kejriwal claimed that he had been kept in the dark by the former minister.

“I called for a written explanation from Tomar. The documents he submitted seemed fine prima facie. The way he was arrested is debatable, but as soon as he was arrested, we accepted his resignation from the cabinet,” he said.

“I want to request the PM to take the same action on his ministers. Was he also kept in the dark about his minister’s involvement with Lalit Modi. I request the PM to expel Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and order a fair investigation against them,” Kejriwal demanded.

Before this, BJP MLA from Vishwas Nagar, Om Prakash Sharma, asked the CM to tender his resignation for supporting Tomar. Speaker Ram Niwas Goel called for marshals to remove Sharma from the House when he tried to confront Kejriwal.

“The way Om Prakash left his seat and ran towards the chief minister is not acceptable. I gave him a chance to talk and even adjourned the House for 15 minutes. When the chief minister is answering, then why not listen to him? I can take strict action against him,” the Speaker said.

Sharma went kicking and screaming: “AAP CM is an anarchist. I am talking about Delhi’s issues in the House. There was no need to bring in the marshals.”

Leader of the Opposition, Vijender Gupta, registered his disagreement.

“I could have been more harsh towards Sharma for approaching the CM’s seat,” the Speaker warned.

 

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    Anthony
    Jun 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm
    Exactly, the way Tomar was forced to resign, so too should Raje and Sushma be forced to resign. Or is it that BJP only hounds ministers from other parties and not its own. Why does the police verify certificates of all current ministers. I am sure 50% of the ministers would have lied in their election affidavits.
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    1. Anand Sudan
      Jun 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm
      We feel sympathy for delhites for being got a govt with minister with fake degree.AAP GOVT HAS THE DUBIOUS DISTINCTION OF HAVING A MINISTER WITH A FORGED DEGREE. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE CLEANING THE SYSTEM!
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        Rajesh
        Jun 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm
        Huh? What does the Delhi embly have to do with Lalit Modi? Someone needs to explain to Khujli that his fantasy of being PM, is still a fantasy. What he is the glorified mayor of a city, focus on that. Leave national issues to the people that India elected.
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          Rajesh
          Jun 23, 2015 at 4:16 pm
          No, you f00l. Tomar had to resign because of evidence and criminal case. AAPtard neither have evidence nor have they filed a criminal case (because they know they dont have evidence).
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            Bijan Mohanty
            Jul 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm
            AAP did the right thing throwing out the BJP disruptionists who do not care for discipline and were spreading anarchy.
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