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Ruckus over 2001 attack

The Delhi Assembly was disrupted after Speaker Yoganand Shastri refused to allow the BJP's demand to pay homage to the martyrs of the 2001 terror attack on Parliament.

delhi Updated: Dec 14, 2012 00:07 IST
HT Correspondent

The Delhi Assembly was disrupted after Speaker Yoganand Shastri refused to allow the BJP's demand to pay homage to the martyrs of the 2001 terror attack on Parliament.

The BJP MLAs accused the speaker of being partisan and sent a notice to the secretary of the Assembly to move a resolution to remove Shastri.

Not allowing the question hour to start, the BJP MLAs led by leader of the opposition Vijay Kumar Malhotra raised slogans against the ruling party and the speaker.

The BJP MLAs stormed the well of the house and demanded that the Delhi government sends a recommendation to the Centre to hang Afzal Guru.

Speaker Shastri adjourned the assembly thrice and ordered the eviction of the BJP MLAs from the assembly for two days.

"In the past 11 years, the BJP never demanded that homage be paid to Parliament attack victims then why now?" chief minister Sheila Dikshit said.

Shastri said he would not allow the House to become a "playground to gain political mileage".

The BJP MLAs later said the speaker was favouring the Congress government. "There have been several instances where the speaker favoured the ruling party. We have sent a notice to bring a resolution remove the speaker," a senior BJP MLA said.

Demolition of a wall
Two other MLAs from different political parties demanded action against DDA engineers for demolishing the wall of an ancient mosque in Mehrauli south Delhi on Wednesday.

Matia Mahal MLA Shoaib Iqbal and Okhla MLA Mohammad Asif raised the issue in the assembly and were later supported by Seelampur MLA Mateen Ahmed.

"I and chief minister Dikshit instructed the agency to rebuild the damaged wall," Shastri said.