Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Assembly, Shoaib Iqbal on Friday threatened to resign from the post alleging that he was being "humiliated" by the Speaker and the Assembly staff.
The Deputy Speaker said the Speaker refused him permission whenever he tried to raise questions in the issue. "I also represent the people of the city in the assembly and my duty is to raise questions," he said.
Iqbal wanted to raise questions for the installation of a portrait of Maulana Azad in the Assembly Hall on the second consecutive day on Friday. The Speaker refused permission. On the first day, he wanted to pay obeisance to Shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan. The Speaker did not permit it and the Deputy Speaker walked out in protest.
Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh in his ruling said matters pertaining to the House should be raised and discussed in his chamber and not in the assembly. He did not comment on the allegations of Iqbal.
"I was made Deputy Speaker as a part of a bargain," said Iqbal, adding, "I withdrew my name from the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency to ensure the defeat of the BJP and the victory of the Congress candidate Kapil Sibal". Iqbal, a MLA of the Janata Dal (Secular) from the walled city, has won three consecutive elections and has spoilt the chances of the Congress several times in the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency by splitting the Muslim vote.
The Deputy Speaker said that he would meet party president Sonia Gandhi and hand over the resignation to protest "his marginalisation and humiliation". He claimed the decision to make him the Deputy Speaker was taken by party big wigs - Ahmed Patel, Sheila Dikshit and Kapil Sibal to defeat the BJP. "After the mission was accomplished, they have started humiliating me," he added.