BJP’s OP Sharma suspended for two sessions over ‘derogatory’ remarks
The Delhi Assembly on Thursday suspended BJP legislator OP Sharma from the House for the next two sessions for making “derogatory” remarks against AAP MLA Alka Lamba during the winter session.delhi Updated: Apr 01, 2016 02:16 IST
The Delhi Assembly on Thursday suspended BJP legislator OP Sharma from the House for the next two sessions for making “derogatory” remarks against AAP MLA Alka Lamba during the winter session.
The suspension is a … from the recommendation of the House’s ethics committee to expel the Vishwas Nagar MLA. It concluded that Sharma was a “habitual offender”.
The Delhi Assembly decided to suspend him as proposed by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodi after Sharma expressed only “regret” and did not “apologise”. Sharma even termed Alka Lamba “his sister”.
Earlier, AAP MLA Bhavna Gaur, a member of the ethics committee, moved a proposal in the House on Thursday seeking action against him as he did not show any regret.
The BJP MLAs walked out in protest after Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta alleged the motion was taken up for discussion and voting in violation of the rules.
However, following a discussion over the proposal when ruling party legislators demanded an “exemplary punishment”, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said Sharma should be given another chance to apologise for his remarks.
“We should give respect to ethics committee which is made as per law. The committee has found OP Sharma guilty. After discussion, MLAs were in favour of his expulsion. But I am putting up a proposal before the House that we should not expel him. We should respect that people are elected with people’s mandate,” Kejriwal said.
It is clear that Sharma has made derogatory remarks against Lamba and if he apologises to her and assures the house he will not repeat his act, he should be forgiven, Kejriwal further said.
The BJP legislators returned and the Leader of Opposition demanded that deputy CM Manish Sisodia and other AAP legislators who had got into an argument following Sharma’s comment also should apologise. Gupta also alleged the ruling-party with its 67 MLAs was using their brute majority to take a unilateral action against Sharma.
In his defence, Sharma said he was misinterpreted by the ruling-party MLAs. “I was not allowed to speak full sentences due to which I was misinterpreted by other members of the House. If Lamba, who is like my sister, thinks that I have done something wrong, I express my regret,” Sharma said, before walking out again.
Sisodia pointed out that the BJP legislator only expressed “conditional” regrets. An amended motion was passed by Bhawna Gaur recommending suspension of Sharma for the next two sessions.
The motion was adopted by the House with voice vote, which led to Sharma’s suspension.
Alka Lamba said, “At a personal level, I can never consider a person like OP Sharma as my brother. But the chief minister displayed a big heart and I have accepted it,” she told reporters outside the House.