Delhi Assembly on Thursday witnessed unprecedented chaotic scenes on the first day of a special session as BJP and Congress MLAs joined hands in disrupting proceedings by throwing files, destroying mikes, flagging banners and trooping to the well demanding law minister Somnath Bharti's resignation over the midnight raid episode. The ruckus forced the Aam Aadmi Party to defer its pet Jan Lokpal Bill. The united opposition of the BJP, Congress along with two independents, outnumbered the treasury benches. With the expulsion of Vinod Kumar Binny, the ruling AAP strength has reduced to 27 in the 70-member assembly.
Congress, which provides outside support to AAP government, and BJP legislators accused Bharti of being "racist" and harassing a number of women from Africa last month in Khirki Extension. They demanded that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal remove him from the cabinet.
In a new low, BJP legislator from Rajendra Nagar RP Singh tore papers and threw them at Bharti and later placed bangles and lipstick before him while Congress MLA Asif Mohammad Khan destroyed chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's microphone and tore Speaker M S Dhir's files.
A number of Congress and BJP MLAs destroyed microphones and used unparliamentary language against Bharti. Some BJP MLAs even held speaker's hand trying to prevent him from using the microphone.
The Speaker agreed to accept Congress' Call Attention motion for a discussion on allegation against Bharti after fourth adjournment of the House. However, immediately Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely moved a resolution to curtail Speaker's power to suspend any MLA from the House which was accepted by voice vote. The MLAs feared that the speaker M S Dhir may suspend them for creating ruckus for entering into the well of the House demanding resignation of law minister Somnath Bharti.
Immediately after the voting, leader of Opposition Harsh Vardhan rose from his seat and said the party did not want any discussion on Bharti issue and pressed for resignation of the Law Minister following which House was adjourned for the day.
"Today the match-fixing by the Congress and BJP was exposed. They got many resolutions passed. I don't think any legislature in the country has seen BJP and Congress joining hands this way. They were taking turns in trooping into the well of the House," Kejriwal told reporters later.
The chief minister accused both the parties of being "hand-in-glove" in "fleecing" people of Delhi and said they did not allow the a single business transaction in the House.
"The reason for the two parties to join hands is Mukesh Ambani. He brought them together. Two days back an FIR was registered against Ambani and none of these two parties is able to save him. They want to destroy AAP," said the chief minister.
"Congress says it is supporting Aam Aadmi Party, but today it has become absolutely clear that it is not supporting us. Congress is supporting BJP," he said.
With agency inputs