Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s remarks about people from Bihar and UP coming to Delhi looking for greener pastures irked MPs on Thursday forcing Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to adjourn the proceedings for the day.
Rajya Sabha was also adjourned for the day, albeit for a different reason. The Samajwadi Party and Congress MPs in the upper house wanted a discussion on fake encounter in Gujarat.
Later, the AIDMK MPs created noise over breakdown of law and order situation in Tamil Nadu.
In Lok Sabha, the MPs cutting across party lines including UPA allies like RJD, stormed into the well of the house demanding Dikshit’s resignation even as Congress MPs silently watched the protest. RJD MP DP Yadav counted the contribution of Bihar in development of the nation and Delhi, which was even admitted by the Speaker.
The turmoil, with large number of MPs in the well, resulted in two adjournments - first when the house commenced for an hour and second for the entire day. While making the last adjournment, the Speaker remarked, "you (MPs) will not allow the house to work today".
Outside the house, Railway Minister Laloo Prasad felt aghast at her comments and said Dikshit should not have used such harsh words for people from the two states. "Delhi would not have been same without people from Bihar and UP," he said.
The CPI too reacted sharply to Dikshit’s comment and demanded that the Delhi CM should immediately withdraw the statement and issue an apology. Gurudas Das Gupta, CPI’s leader in the Lok Sabha said in Parliament, "The remark was shameful." He added that people from UP and Bihar migrated to the Capital in search of a better life as there was little or no development in their states.
Das Gupta said that the Delhi CM should remember that the ongoing development works in Delhi is financed by central funds, which belong to the entire country. "Central funds are being diverted for Delhi’s development because it is the Capital. The funds are neither from the Delhi Government nor from the private sources. They belong to the entire country," Das Gupta said.
Dikshit was quick to react to the situation and met Leader of the House to explain her side of the story. Dikshit had claimed that her statement was distorted and she had no intention of hurting the sentiments of people from UP and Bihar.