BJP members expelled from Delhi Assembly

Special Correspondent

Disrupt proceedings, raise slogans against cow slaughter

Malhotra draws attention to the recovery of three tonnes of cow meat from R.K. Puram

Delhi Government accused of being lax in the matter, not taking steps to stop killings of cows

NEW DELHI: All the BJP members were on Wednesday expelled from the Delhi Assembly by Speaker Yoganand Shastri after they disrupted proceedings and raised slogans on the issue of alleged cow slaughter taking place in various parts of the Capital.

It was during Special Mention under Rule 280 that Leader of Opposition V. K. Malhotra pointed to the recovery of three tonnes of cow meat from R.K. Puram in South Delhi and the arrest of some persons in the matter. He charged that while such killings of cows were continuing unabated in various parts of Delhi, such as Dwarka, Shahdara and other parts of trans-Yamuna, this is the first time that people have been caught.

Wondering if this meat was also being sold in restaurants or five-star hotels, Prof. Malhotra reminded the House that a legislation had been passed which had prescribed 10 years imprisonment and fine for such an offence. However, he accused the Delhi Government of being lax in the matter and not even constituting the Board that was mandated by the legislation to stop killing of cows.

“People will not tolerate this. It is a matter of religious sentiments and nationalism too. How do these people go away scot free?'' he asked.

At this other BJP MLAs joined in and trooped into the well of the House raising slogans demanding that the killing of cows be stopped. Speaker Yoganand Shastri then adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

When the House reassembly, the BJP members again entered the well of the House and began raising slogans. Though Dr. Shastri tried reading out a ruling, they did not listen to him. Then Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely moved a resolution naming all the BJP MLAs and it was subsequently passed by a voice vote. The Speaker then called in the marshals to remove the BJP legislators.

Later Congress MLA Ramakant Goswami while speaking under Rule 280 demanded that a statue of founder of Arya Samaj Swami Dayanand Saraswati be installed in Delhi. He recalled how the Swami had also worked against cow slaughter. The demand was supported by Congress MLAs Naseeb Singh and Veer Singh Dhingan.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit then informed the House that a discussion on the issue had been done with the President and the Arya Samaj people have to decided if the want the memorial to be in the form of a park or a statue. “As soon as they decide, we will initiate work on a memorial. The Government will make full contribution in the matter,'' she assured.