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Pandemonium at Delhi Assembly

delhi Updated: Apr 18, 2007 23:50 IST
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Pandemonium broke out in the Delhi Assembly on Wednesday on the issue of alleged mishandling of Congress MLA Mahabal Mishra and his family members by the police recently. Cutting across party lines, the MLAs rose in protest against the police action and demanded immediate action.

“This is the question of the constitutional rights of an elected representative,” said NCP MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri. BJP MLA Vijay Jolly and Kulwant Rana demanded an explanation from the Chief Minister. “If the police can do this (manhandling) to a MLA, what would they do to the common people,” Jolly said.

Several Congress MLAs too rose to protest against the police and sloganeering started. With the MLAs in no mood to relent, Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh adjourned the House for 15 minutes to cool down the tempers.

When the House reassembled after 15 minutes, the MLAs refused to relent and continued their tirade against the police. The Speaker then announced that the additional SHO of Dabri has been sent to the police lines. “We are yet to get a written reply from the police. We are awaiting it,” said the Speaker.

Mishra, the Congress MLA from Nasirpur constituency, said the FIR, which I had lodged against the police, has not been registered yet. “The police should first register a FIR and then do investigations. The SHO too should be transferred for a fair investigation,” he said.

The MLA, a fence sitter in Congress politics so far, came down heavily on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for failing to restore the “honour” of the MLAs. “She does not deserve to remain the Chief Minister as she has failed to give dignity to the elected representatives,” the Congress MLA said. He also demanded the resignation of Dikshit on the issue.

Mishra is the second Congress MLA to demand Dikshit’s resignation on record after Bheesham Sharma. Dikshit loyalists, however, played down the issue. “Police along with law and order is not with the state government and there is little we can do in such matters,” said a MLA, loyal to Dikshit.