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Arrogance of Speaker is dangerous for democracy: Om Prakash Sharma

Om Prakash Sharma about the “undemocratic” way the AAP government functions and why all its MLAs need training in parliamentary decorum.

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MLA O P Sharma was also thrown out of the House on Wednesday.

The Delhi Assembly has sat for two days and on both days, Om Prakash Sharma, BJP MLA from Vishwas Nagar, has been thrown out of the House. He spoke to Mayura Janwalkar about the “undemocratic” way the AAP government functions and why all its MLAs need training in parliamentary decorum.

Your party has suggested that there needs to be training camp for all MLAs. Why?

No AAP MLA nor the Speaker of the Assembly have the requisite training in conducting proceedings of the House. On day one of the Budget session, the Speaker paid an eight-minute homage to the chief minister. Is this becoming of a Speaker? Notifications are not issued on time, questions are not given to us 12 days prior to the session and the Speaker just condones one thing after another. If we are given papers in advance, we can come prepared. Papers are thrust upon us when we come to the Assembly. The arrogance of the Speaker is dangerous for democracy and for the government.

You have sometimes been hounded by the 67 AAP MLAs. How do you react to that?

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Today, all I said was that this Assembly cannot be conducted like a mohalla sabha and they all just descended on me. Then the speakers called the marshals and I was again thrown out. All the MLAs have to show that they are close to Arvind Kejriwal and hence, for everything I say they start screaming and shouting. Some of the MLAs are there only to create a ruckus. Some are illiterate. They don’t have training of any kind.

Do you think issues of governance are taking a backseat against political barbs exchanged on the Assembly floor?

Today, we raised the issue of tabling the fourth finance commission report to help the cash-strapped MCDs and there was again an attempt to stifle our voices. This government has not fulfilled any of the promises it made in its 70-point action plan. People want WiFi, medicines in hospitals and teachers in schools but this government has no answer to these questions. Hence, it is resorting to politics to divert the public’s attention from these issues.

What is your opinion about the three bills passed on the second day of the Budget session?

We had come prepared and wanted to raise our objections and give our suggestions. But are we ever allowed to speak in this Assembly that is led by an anarchist? They claim that they are very democratic but the chief minister has no time to meet the three opposition MLAs.