Delhi Assembly sees scuffle between Kapil Mishra, AAP MLAs

Former minister says he was manhandled

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2017 4:24 am
kapil mishra attack, arvind kejriwal Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia arrive at the Delhi Assembly on Wednesday. Prem Nath Pandey

Rebel AAP leader and former Delhi minster Kapil Mishra was allegedly manhandled Wednesday as a scuffle broke out between him and some party MLAs in Vidhan Sabha. A few minutes into the assembly session, called to discuss GST, Mishra got up and demanded that his allegations of corruption against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain be discussed. When he was not allowed to talk, he unfurled a banner that read, “A special session of the assembly should be called at the Ramlila Maidan to discuss corruption, havala dealings, black money, foreign trips, and benefitting relatives by Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain.”

Speaker Ram Niwas Goel ordered marshalls to take Mishra out but some AAP MLAs started pushing and shoving him. The marshalls then freed him and dragged him out.

Mishra alleged he was kicked and punched by MLAs. “One MLA tried to strangle me while others, Jarnail Singh and Amanatullah Khan, kept attacking me. The marshalls saved me. This is not an attack on me but on all those who raise their voices against corruption,” he said.

kapil mishra, arvind kejriwal, delhi assembly Kapil Mishra outside the assembly. Prem Nath Pandey

Singh and Khan did not respond to calls.

The Speaker called the incident “deeply disturbing” and said the MLAs should not have left their seats. He, however, also criticised Mishra for demanding the special session. Mishra has been alleging corruption against senior AAP leaders, including Kejriwal, for close to a month now.

Delhi Assembly passes GST Bill

Kejriwal, meanwhile, raised questions about higher tax slabs in the GST Bill, which was passed in the Delhi Assembly via a voice vote Wednesday. Kejriwal said tax rates should be capped at 10 per cent.

The assembly also adopted a resolution that opposed ‘higher tax slabs’ under GST.

“GST is the biggest tax reform and in principle we are all with it. But we have concerns pertaining to its implementation. We believe higher tax slabs may trigger inflation and it will not be good for the country. “The more the tax rate, the less the compliance. Lower tax slabs would lead to more tax collection. We brought down the tax rate on many items in Delhi and reaped benefits,” Kejriwal said.

The resolution said the nation-wide tax should not be more than 10 per cent.

Opposition leader Vijender Gupta said, “The Delhi government did not protect traders’ interest in the GST Council. Traders will now have to bear increased taxation under GST.”

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  1. N
    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:17 am
    BJP believes in not giving opposition Leader post to congress in parliament. Then why not AAP should also follow same and remove Vijendra Gupta from the benefit of opposition leader which is considered to be with perks of cabinet ministers. After all their strength is much less than 5 . Kejriwal should not be generous to him because his behavior in embly is quite bad.
    1. N
      Jun 1, 2017 at 9:34 am
      Why Kapil Mishra is so greedy that he planned to take over as CM with BJP's support in getting 21 MLAs of AAP who under BJP's demand is under consideration by EC for disqualification and trying to poach 15 MLAs more by BJP's black money ?? Why Kapil Mishra so greedy that after losing ministership which generated so much hate against Kejriwal, he still wants to remain as MLA ?? He was simply a son of a corrupt BJP Delhi MCD's Mayor and was not known to any one than his family. He won election (after his first loss) in the name of Kejriwal. If he is not ambitiously greedy then why not he resigns from MLA's post which he won with a begging bowl full of Kejriwal's name?? He claims to be above board but sticks to the MLA gift of Kejriwal. An honest man should have thrown the MLA post on the face of Kejriwal saying that "I had won in your name & now will stand on my leg" Greedy sneaky fellow, his gene connect to his corrupt Mother ex Mayor of BJP's MCD which is well known for looting Delhi
      1. R
        Jun 1, 2017 at 8:41 am
        Vijender Gupta, You are a soft spoken crook tel lies all the time. Why didn't you put across your views with BJP government at the center. Your sole aim is to vilify Kejriwal under one pretext or the other