New Delhi: Delhi BJP lawmaker OP Sharma, who is accused of assaulting protesters outside Patiala House court, has an excuse. “I have been like this since childhood,” he says.
“Main bachpan se yahi karta aa raha hu, mujhe mara gaya toh khali nahi baitha gaya, teen char hath maine bhi maar diye,” (I have been doing this since I was a child, when I was hit, I hit back in self-defence). That was Sharma’s response after TV channels showed him assaulting CPI activist Ameeque Jamai and others outside the Patiala House courts on Monday.
Sharma, an MLA from east Delhi’s Vishwas Nagar, is one of the three BJP legislators in the Delhi Assembly. He is under suspension and barred from attending assembly proceedings after he called AAP legislator Alka Lamba a “bazaaru aurat” (immoral woman). Sharma is not apologetic for Monday’s incident.
“When I came out (of the court) some people were shouting anti-India slogans. I tried to stop them and they attacked me. In defence, I also hit them,” said Sharma.