Ruckus over Article 370, Speaker suspends Gupta

Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta has been suspended for two days from the ongoing Delhi Assembly monsoon session for using unparliamentary language in the House on Friday.

Four BJP MLAs — Manjinder Sirsa, Jagdish Pradhan, O.P. Sharma and Mr. Gupta — were protesting in the well of the House demanding a congratulatory resolution on Article 370. Speaker Ram Niwas Goel marshalled out Mr. Sirsa for the same.

As the demand for a discussion on Article 370 intensified, the Speaker raised “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” slogan thrice inside the House.

Speaker raises slogan

Later, the four MLAs protested outside the Chief Minister’s office in the Assembly.

“On one side, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says he supports the Centre’s decision on Article 370 but on the other hand, he is helping the tukde-tukde gang by not giving sanction to prosecute them,” Mr. Gupta said, referring to the fact that the police are yet to get a sanction from the government to prosecute former student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a sedition case.

Explaining why there is no need for a discussion on Article 370, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: “The CM has already supported the Centre. What is the need for a debate when there are no differences?”

Liquor shops

In an answer to a question by AAP MLA Alka Lamba, the Excise Department informed that 133 new liquor shops were opened in the city between 2015 and 2019.

Drug peddlers

Later in the session, AAP Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti — during special mention under Rule 280 — told the House that there were drug peddlers and prostitutes on the stretch between AIIMS and Qutab Minar.

“Many women have complained about the issue. There are no policemen in the area and we had met the Commissioner of Police on the issue. There should be a solution,” he added.

Power tariff

Meanwhile, Power Minister Satyendar Jain told the Assembly that electricity tariff would not be increased for another five years.

Mr. Jain said that the Kejriwal-led government would have provided free power if it got ₹40,000 crore from the Centre as its share in central taxes.

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