BJP, Cong MLAs join hands to throw Delhi House off-balance

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

New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2014 10:47 pm
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A special Delhi Assembly session called to pass the controversial Janlokpal Bill was marred by unprecedented chaos on its opening day Thursday as Congress and BJP MLAs shouted slogans, broke mikes and tore papers as they disrupted proceedings demanding the resignation of Law Minister Somnath Bharti over his midnight raid on African women.
The trouble forced Speaker M S Dhir to adjourn the house four times before finally adjourning it for the day, leading Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to claim that the Congress, which supports his minority AAP government, and the BJP had come together to indulge in what he called “match-fixing” over the issue.
“It was match-fixing by BJP and Congress because of the government’s move on the gas pricing issue,” Kejriwal told reporters, referring to his government’s move this week to order FIRs against Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, former minister Murli Deora, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and former DG hydrocarbons V K Sibal.
BJP MLAs demanding Bharti’s resignation trooped into the well and shouted slogans as soon as the house began proceedings, leading to its adjournment. It was adjourned again two more times as both BJP and Congress MLAs disrupted proceedings.
Later in the day, Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely led his party MLAs to the well of the house demanding action against Bharti. BJP legislators displaying posters and demanding Bharti’s resignation joined them.
BJP MLAs broke the speaker’s mikes and threw papers while Congress MLA Mohammad Asif took some papers from the speaker’s table and tore them. He also broke a mike in front of Kejriwal’s chair. JD(U) MLA Shoaib Iqbal got hold of the speaker’s chair and jostled with it.
The BJP’s R P Singh put some bangles and lipsticks on the desk of Somnath Bharti.
Earlier in the day, the BJP legislators had objected to the speaker calling the session a “special session” in his introductory address. They demanded he call it the budget session.
The BJP also gave a calling attention notice against the law minister. The notice was read out by the speaker following which Bharti’s comments were sought.
The speaker told BJP members that his ruling would be given after getting Bharti’s response. However, all BJP MLAs began protesting against Bharti and trooped into the well of the house.

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    Bagchi
    Feb 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm
    BJP should not take its pole position for granted in 2014 general elections!! A lot can happen between now and May. People is looking for an alternative to Congress, but BJP doesn't fit the bill automatically!! Corruption charges against Delhi BJP is fairly strong.
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      Bagchi
      Feb 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm
      BJP should not take its pole position for granted in 2014 general elections!! A lot can happen between now and May. People is looking for an alternative to Congress, but BJP doesn't fit the bill automatically!! Corruption charges against Delhi BJP is fairly strong.
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        harishindira@gmail
        Feb 13, 2014 at 10:57 pm
        AAP should use their energy in positive direction. Let BJP sort out corruption.
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          harishindira@gmail
          Feb 13, 2014 at 10:57 pm
          AAP should use their energy in positive direction. Let BJP sort out corruption.
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            Mahi Kumari
            Feb 14, 2014 at 8:11 am
            Arvind kejriwal Ji, if u want to resign and run away from the responsibility then you do as soon as possible, don't stretch this issue, we all know know the you only made promise but have no guts to fulfill those promises.
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              Mahi Kumari
              Feb 14, 2014 at 8:11 am
              Arvind kejriwal Ji, if u want to resign and run away from the responsibility then you do as soon as possible, don't stretch this issue, we all know know the you only made promise but have no guts to fulfill those promises.
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                Mahi Kumari
                Feb 14, 2014 at 8:10 am
                Kejri Ji ab bahut ho a, bahut dekh lee nautanki. Y the bill was not presented yesterday ? Just because you would not get that much media attention yesterday because of Telangana.
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                  Mahi Kumari
                  Feb 14, 2014 at 8:10 am
                  Kejri Ji ab bahut ho a, bahut dekh lee nautanki. Y the bill was not presented yesterday ? Just because you would not get that much media attention yesterday because of Telangana.
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                    Mahi Kumari
                    Feb 14, 2014 at 8:11 am
                    Kejri's AAP creating a new drama daily, its their tendency they want to be in news to attract voter for loksabha election but he have to know that this will not help him, people know they will be useless when they come in power as we see in Delhi.
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                      Mahi Kumari
                      Feb 14, 2014 at 8:11 am
                      Kejri's AAP creating a new drama daily, its their tendency they want to be in news to attract voter for loksabha election but he have to know that this will not help him, people know they will be useless when they come in power as we see in Delhi.
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                        Mahi Kumari
                        Feb 14, 2014 at 8:11 am
                        Kejri's resignation idea simply means He can't face the problem and fulfil his promises , he is runing for Dharna culture again which is of no use..AK type of mindset is not practical at all..With this Mindset he cant rule Delhi Govt and neither Centre Govt...I can say He is not matured enough now for Politics , But he will always be Good to Play the role of Constructive opposition.. For 2014 We have only one Options UPA Choose wisely what is Good For Nation to face.
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                          Mahi Kumari
                          Feb 14, 2014 at 8:11 am
                          Kejri's resignation idea simply means He can't face the problem and fulfil his promises , he is runing for Dharna culture again which is of no use..AK type of mindset is not practical at all..With this Mindset he cant rule Delhi Govt and neither Centre Govt...I can say He is not matured enough now for Politics , But he will always be Good to Play the role of Constructive opposition.. For 2014 We have only one Options UPA Choose wisely what is Good For Nation to face.
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                            Mahi Kumari
                            Feb 14, 2014 at 8:10 am
                            Please go ahead, Arvind Kejriwal 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 8:10 am
                              Please go ahead, Arvind Kejriwal 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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                                Citizen
                                Feb 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm
                                Are we heading for goonda Bharath??????????????? Incidents in LS and here suggest this. Jaihind
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                                  Citizen
                                  Feb 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm
                                  Are we heading for goonda Bharath??????????????? Incidents in LS and here suggest this. Jaihind
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