Opposition BJP MLAs were marshalled out of Delhi Assembly for a second time in three days today after they disrupted the proceedings on the issue of "cow slaughter" in the city, warning that the matter may take an "ugly turn" as it involved "religious sentiments".
The BJP MLAs first managed to force an adjournment for 15 minutes after the city government did not respond to Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra's special mention on the issue.
When the House resumed, high drama was witnessed as they continued the protest by trooping to the Well and shouting slogans. Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely moved a resolution seeking the removal of opposition MLAs for the smooth functioning of the House, which was accepted.
Speaker Yoganand Shastri then asked the marshals to remove the BJP MLAs from the floor of the House. BJP MLA Anil Jha lied down on the floor, refusing to be removed from the House but marshals forcefully took him away.
After the removal of BJP MLAs, the House functioned smoothly.
Raising the issue as special mention, Malhotra said despite having a legislation prohibiting sale and storage of beef, cow slaughtering was taking place across the city.
Noting that seven persons were arrested for cattle slaughter and 3,000 kg of meat were seized from R K Puram yesterday, he said, "The incident is very serious. It is a question of religious sentiments and the issue has the potential to take ugly turn."
He said that under the Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act, 1994, if somebody is found serving beef or storing beef, they could be imprisoned for ten years.
"But this government is not enforcing the law despite the legislation. A board should be formed to keep an eye on the implementation of the provisions of the legislation. But no board has been set up the government yet," he said.
This was the second time in three days that the BJP MLAs were marshalled out of the House for disrupting the House. On Monday, BJP MLAs were asked to go out of the House during a debate on budget.