The newly-elected Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government appears to be no different and no novice when it comes to breach of legislative courtesy. The visits of the ministers and officers to the constituencies of Congress MLAs without informing them invited their ire in the Assembly on Friday. Alleging deliberate breach of courtesy, the Congress MLAs even threatened to bring no confidence motion against speaker MS Dhir soon after his election to the Chair.
Congress MLA from Okhla, Asif Mohammad Khan said if such incidents continue and the speaker failed to stop them, Congress will bring a no confidence motion against the speaker.
“We are not asking for any favour, we are just demanding protection of our rights as elected MLAs,” he added.
Congress MLA from Chandni Chowk, Prahlad Singh Sawhney alleged that in a breach of privilege, ministers and officers are inspecting works without informing the local MLAs. “Along with the government officers, local AAP candidate, who lost the election, are taking round of his constituency and also issuing instructions,” he said. Delhi Congress president and MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely said the issue raised by the Congress member is serious. Echoing the same, BJP leader, Jagdish Mukhi said earlier prior information used to given to MLAs informing about minister’s or officers’ inspection. “It is clear case of breach of privilege,” he added.
The speaker said he would discuss the issue with the chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. In absence of Kejriwal urban development minister Manish Sisodia told the House issue can be discussed but ‘aam aadmi’ can go with the officers for inspection.