BJP, Cong join hands to disrupt Delhi House, Kejriwal says may resign

Kejriwal had threatened to resign if his pet anti-graft legislation is not passed by the state Assembly.

New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2014 10:16 am
Arvind Kejriwal said what happened in the Assembly was not democracy. (PTI) Arvind Kejriwal said what happened in the Assembly was not democracy. (PTI)

Parliament House and the Delhi Vidhan Sabha may be 10 kilometres apart but the scenes that played out in both on Thursday were eerily similar.

If Telangana was the tipping point for the unprecedented scenes that played out in Parliament Thursday morning, the afternoon saw the start of the Delhi Assembly session, and with it broken microphones, bangles, lipsticks and matchsticks being flung around, resulting in very little work, and four adjournments in the day.

In an attempt to put the Aam Aadmi Party  government on the defensive before it could table any of its controversial bills, BJP and Congress MLAs and the lone independent member came together to display their ire against Law Minister Somnath Bharti.

The commotion and frequent adjournments caused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to threaten that he would resign if his government was not allowed to introduce the Janlokpal Bill.

BJP and Congress MLAs, who until some months back were opposing each other at most steps, jointly shouted slogans against Bharti, calling him the “owner of pornographic sites”.

To the astonishment of most members, Speaker M S Dhir initially left the Assembly without announcing an adjournment. On his return, BJP MLAs stormed the well of the house, demanding the resignation of the law minister.

Even as leader of the opposition Harsh Vardhan asked the speaker to accept a motion to allow discussion on Bharti, he was constantly reminded of his lack of experience by Congress and BJP MLAs. The protests against the speaker only increased when he announced that the motion had been forwarded to the minister for his comments.

Congress MLA Jai Kishan had come armed with ginger, a blade and matchsticks. He went on to place the chunk of ginger on Kejriwal’s table. BJP MLA R P Singh brought lip gloss and bangles which he put in front of Bharti. Also armed with glue, paper and sketches he made a few leaflets, writing “Porn minister” on it and pasted them in front of Bharti’s desk. BJP MLA Naresh Gaur called Bharti “Ashleel mantri” or obscene minister.

The third time the Assembly was adjourned, Congress MLA Asif Mohammad Khan tore papers on the speaker’s table. Several BJP leaders took potshots at the AAP government. BJP’s Anil Jha was heard telling Kejriwal, “Samarthan karne wale to pradarshan kar rahe hain (Those supporting you are the ones protesting),” referring to the Congress.

Soon, the speaker’s mike gave way, subject as it was to the violent attentions of BJP MLAs Kulwant Rana and Neel Daman Khatri. JD(U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal attempted to rescue the situation from atop the speaker’s podium and on behalf of the speaker, approved the motion to call attention demanding a discussion on Bharti.

By the end, every MLA who was not an AAP member passed a motion to suspend the speaker’s power to throw MLAs out of the house, or to suspend them. “It’s amusing how the ignorance of AAP and the speaker of the rules cost them their power,” one senior MLA said.

Terming the day’s proceedings an example of the BJP and the Congress working together, Kejriwal said, “Mukesh Ambani is close to both parties. Has our action against Reliance prompted both parties to oppose us? The BJP and the Congress worked as one to disrupt the house. It was like watching a rehearsed parade. They were even carrying the same placards? How is that possible if there was no prior arrangement?” Kejriwal asked.

The chief minister threatened to resign if opposition parties continued to “defeat” the introduction of the Janlokpal Bill.

“I have always said that the Janlokpal and the Swaraj Bill are very important to us, and I will give up the CM’s chair a thousand times if they are not passed. If the two parties defeat the presentation of the Janlokpal Bill, I will resign. We will assess the situation as it unfolds but will watch for some time what happens. But what happened in the Assembly cannot be democracy,” Kejriwal said.

PWD and Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that at an all-party meeting called by the speaker between the second and third adjournments of the day, the Congress and the BJP had said they would not allow any work on Thursday. “They were clear. They told us that the house should be adjourned, and maybe they will allow something tomorrow. We will have to wait and see,” he said.

Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely refuted the allegations and said, “To avoid our support to BJP on the issue, AAP should have accepted our demands in the house.”

BJP leader Harsh Vardhan attacked Kejriwal for protecting a “spammer” minister. “It was I who brought Lokayukta in the Assembly when I was the law minister in the Delhi government. Kejriwal is misleading people,” Vardhan said.

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First Published on: February 14, 2014 3:59 am
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    ajit
    Feb 14, 2014 at 5:39 am
    THE COVER OF WENDY DONIGERs BOOK SHOWS A HORSE WITH INDIANQUEENS HAVING AN ORGY .ASHWAMEDHAM IS NOT A HORSE SACRIFICE , AND IT DOES NOT INVOLVE KILLING OR OFWOMEN WITH A DEAD HORSE , AS PER THE WHITE INVADERS PROPAA , EVEN IN WIKIPEDIA .ashwamedham is a ritual which the king uses a white horse asa litmus test, to establish long lasting peace , and to send his war wearysoldiers back home to their families .A spirited horse is chosen , with white fur and noblemishes . A yagna ( Agnihotra homam )is held BEFORE the horse sets out on a guided tour .Ashwamedha yagna cannot be held by a mortal. It is held by the king of Gods Indra. It can only be done by a mortal king if he iscommanded to do it by an avatar of Vishnu .This tradition was broken by King Mahabali of Kerala . Hewas an asura ( demon ) king. The people of Kerala were very happy with thisking as he was a wise and just ruler, and there was prosperity all over.King Mahabali performed the Ashwameda yagna .This made Indra very jealous, as this was his prerogative,and nobody had the guts to kill the white Ashwamedha horse of King Mahabali .He prevailed on Aditi, his mother to convince Vishnu tocorrect this imbalance. Vishnu decidedto intervene and took the 5th avatar ofVamana --a blue faced Brahmin mldget ( dw@rf ) .So why is the white horse on a guided tour ? This is the essence of the noble and amazingconcept of Ashwameda .The emperor seeks to check out if any of his val kingswant to challenge his supreme authority— in public .The horse is guided by the Emperor’s generals and chosenministers . They generals follow the white horse on their own horses .The horse with clanging bells is made to travel through theval kingdoms . Any val king can kill the horse and thusdeclare war on the Emperor, which willhappen pretty soon. If he just capturesthe horse, there may be room for negotiation .The horse is even taken to enemy kingdoms, and there is “diplomaticimmunity” for the Emperor’s men not the white horse .Any tough acting intentions are gauged out .When the horse returns safe and sound, it means all iswell-- and the emperor's supreme authority is unchallenged . Andall know it too the POST Ashwamedha yagna all val kings are invited, and thereare celebrations all around , for peaceand prosperity in future. Soldiers go home to their families MODERN TERMS THIS IS LIKE A OPEN "CONFIDENCE "MOTION IN THE PARLIAMENT , BRIMMINGWITH STATESMANSHIP .Punch into Google search-HOLI CELEBRATIONS , IMMORAL ATTACK ON HINDUISM AND INDIANCULTURE VADAKAYIL .Kerala Syrian Christian Arundhati Roy supports Jewess WendyDoniger . Before Independence Jew Rothschild ( owner ofBritish East India Company) allowed Kerala Syrian Christians and MaharashtrainChitpavan brahmins to own media , onlybecause both communities are Jews .BR Ambedkar had a Chitpavan Jew wife .capt ajit vadakayil..
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      ajit
      Feb 14, 2014 at 5:39 am
      THE COVER OF WENDY DONIGERs BOOK SHOWS A HORSE WITH INDIANQUEENS HAVING AN ORGY .ASHWAMEDHAM IS NOT A HORSE SACRIFICE , AND IT DOES NOT INVOLVE KILLING OR OFWOMEN WITH A DEAD HORSE , AS PER THE WHITE INVADERS PROPAA , EVEN IN WIKIPEDIA .ashwamedham is a ritual which the king uses a white horse asa litmus test, to establish long lasting peace , and to send his war wearysoldiers back home to their families .A spirited horse is chosen , with white fur and noblemishes . A yagna ( Agnihotra homam )is held BEFORE the horse sets out on a guided tour .Ashwamedha yagna cannot be held by a mortal. It is held by the king of Gods Indra. It can only be done by a mortal king if he iscommanded to do it by an avatar of Vishnu .This tradition was broken by King Mahabali of Kerala . Hewas an asura ( demon ) king. The people of Kerala were very happy with thisking as he was a wise and just ruler, and there was prosperity all over.King Mahabali performed the Ashwameda yagna .This made Indra very jealous, as this was his prerogative,and nobody had the guts to kill the white Ashwamedha horse of King Mahabali .He prevailed on Aditi, his mother to convince Vishnu tocorrect this imbalance. Vishnu decidedto intervene and took the 5th avatar ofVamana --a blue faced Brahmin mldget ( dw@rf ) .So why is the white horse on a guided tour ? This is the essence of the noble and amazingconcept of Ashwameda .The emperor seeks to check out if any of his val kingswant to challenge his supreme authority— in public .The horse is guided by the Emperor’s generals and chosenministers . They generals follow the white horse on their own horses .The horse with clanging bells is made to travel through theval kingdoms . Any val king can kill the horse and thusdeclare war on the Emperor, which willhappen pretty soon. If he just capturesthe horse, there may be room for negotiation .The horse is even taken to enemy kingdoms, and there is “diplomaticimmunity” for the Emperor’s men not the white horse .Any tough acting intentions are gauged out .When the horse returns safe and sound, it means all iswell-- and the emperor's supreme authority is unchallenged . Andall know it too the POST Ashwamedha yagna all val kings are invited, and thereare celebrations all around , for peaceand prosperity in future. Soldiers go home to their families MODERN TERMS THIS IS LIKE A OPEN "CONFIDENCE "MOTION IN THE PARLIAMENT , BRIMMINGWITH STATESMANSHIP .Punch into Google search-HOLI CELEBRATIONS , IMMORAL ATTACK ON HINDUISM AND INDIANCULTURE VADAKAYIL .Kerala Syrian Christian Arundhati Roy supports Jewess WendyDoniger . Before Independence Jew Rothschild ( owner ofBritish East India Company) allowed Kerala Syrian Christians and MaharashtrainChitpavan brahmins to own media , onlybecause both communities are Jews .BR Ambedkar had a Chitpavan Jew wife .capt ajit vadakayil..
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        ciaociao
        Feb 13, 2014 at 10:53 pm
        may resign...why this quesiton mark...just resign and enjoy your time on streets...**ger...nobody wants you ...go forever...and also tell yadav or bharti to do a photo session with no clothes on and your pic in their hands...go...
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          ciaociao
          Feb 13, 2014 at 10:53 pm
          may resign...why this quesiton mark...just resign and enjoy your time on streets...**ger...nobody wants you ...go forever...and also tell yadav or bharti to do a photo session with no clothes on and your pic in their hands...go...
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            Bibhuti
            Feb 14, 2014 at 6:17 am
            What is the difference between AAP & other political parties ??? All of them defend the culprits.
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              Bibhuti
              Feb 14, 2014 at 6:17 am
              What is the difference between AAP & other political parties ??? All of them defend the culprits.
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                India Jyot
                Feb 14, 2014 at 5:10 am
                Democracy is the greatest invention of all time !!!!! All it takes is - 2 unscrupulous people to overwhelm 1 honest person and rule a million.This is exactly the tool the unscrupulous need ! When will we learn this ?
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                  India Jyot
                  Feb 14, 2014 at 5:10 am
                  Democracy is the greatest invention of all time !!!!! All it takes is - 2 unscrupulous people to overwhelm 1 honest person and rule a million.This is exactly the tool the unscrupulous need ! When will we learn this ?
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                    Mahi Kumari
                    Feb 14, 2014 at 7:47 am
                    Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal actions prove that Janata has, possibly, committed a mistake. Shall be spared of daily dose of dirty, rather vulgar tamasha by Delhi's cheif minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP spokes persons, like Aushutosh and co. LG should ensure that AAP pays for the concessions granted in electricity bills etc as provision for these does not exist in the budget. AAP is behaving like a Talibani party, such that only my views will prevail. It does not realise that consensus and not confrontation is the essence of democracy, because of which it has catapulted to power.
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                      Mahi Kumari
                      Feb 14, 2014 at 7:47 am
                      Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal actions prove that Janata has, possibly, committed a mistake. Shall be spared of daily dose of dirty, rather vulgar tamasha by Delhi's cheif minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP spokes persons, like Aushutosh and co. LG should ensure that AAP pays for the concessions granted in electricity bills etc as provision for these does not exist in the budget. AAP is behaving like a Talibani party, such that only my views will prevail. It does not realise that consensus and not confrontation is the essence of democracy, because of which it has catapulted to power.
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                        Mahi Kumari
                        Feb 14, 2014 at 7:46 am
                        Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has failed and is attempting to make himself as martyr on cost of Lokpal. he said he will get Lokpal ped at any cost. Why doesn't he get it ped... All he needs to do is sack Somnath Bharti, route the Lokpal bill in acceptable way.
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                          Mahi Kumari
                          Feb 14, 2014 at 7:46 am
                          Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has failed and is attempting to make himself as martyr on cost of Lokpal. he said he will get Lokpal ped at any cost. Why doesn't he get it ped... All he needs to do is sack Somnath Bharti, route the Lokpal bill in acceptable way.
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                            Mahi Kumari
                            Feb 14, 2014 at 7:46 am
                            Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should resign immediately, he is making joke over democracy, he should stop his non-seance with Delhi people, in congress regime people never suffer from these problems.
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                              Mahi Kumari
                              Feb 14, 2014 at 7:46 am
                              Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should resign immediately, he is making joke over democracy, he should stop his non-seance with Delhi people, in congress regime people never suffer from these problems.
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                                Mahi Kumari
                                Feb 14, 2014 at 7:47 am
                                Enough of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal black mail. He should not forget that the other 42 MLAs are also elected by the people.Just like the way he represents the people who voted him,the others are also reflect their people. So no blackmail. Please get out,we have had enough excuses.
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                                  Mahi Kumari
                                  Feb 14, 2014 at 7:47 am
                                  Enough of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal black mail. He should not forget that the other 42 MLAs are also elected by the people.Just like the way he represents the people who voted him,the others are also reflect their people. So no blackmail. Please get out,we have had enough excuses.
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                                    Mahi Kumari
                                    Feb 14, 2014 at 7:47 am
                                    People hope Arvind's bill doesn't p and this Delhi's cheif minister Arvind Kejriwal resigns and never comes back. I would rather have corrupt politicians who are not complete s and can move the country forward at a very slow paced rather than this who will take the country to Stone Age.
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                                      Mahi Kumari
                                      Feb 14, 2014 at 7:47 am
                                      People hope Arvind's bill doesn't p and this Delhi's cheif minister Arvind Kejriwal resigns and never comes back. I would rather have corrupt politicians who are not complete s and can move the country forward at a very slow paced rather than this who will take the country to Stone Age.
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                                        Mahi Kumari
                                        Feb 14, 2014 at 7:47 am
                                        Please go ahead, Mr. Kejri and resign ASAP because everyone is now waiting for that 'Shubh Ghadi'. Enough is enough..... Yesterday, you cleverly postponed that nautanki because you realized that due to Telangana, you will not get much media attention.
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                                          Mahi Kumari
                                          Feb 14, 2014 at 7:47 am
                                          Please go ahead, Mr. Kejri and resign ASAP because everyone is now waiting for that 'Shubh Ghadi'. Enough is enough..... Yesterday, you cleverly postponed that nautanki because you realized that due to Telangana, you will not get much media attention.
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                                            Mahi Kumari
                                            Feb 14, 2014 at 7:46 am
                                            Please help Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal get the answer for this or make his exit painless. Kejriwal decision on resigning today will be strictly based on weather he can keep government bungalow if he resign. Its little smaller than what he asked for but he likes it.
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