BJP MLA suspended from House

Chief whip ordered out for disruptions during Budget discussion

Accused of interrupting the House constantly during Budget discussion, Saheb Singh Chauhan, BJP chief whip was expelled from the House and suspended for rest of the session on Thursday.

Deputy Speaker Amarish Gautam expelled Chauhan after transport minister Ramakant Goswami moved a motion in this regard.

Every time a Congress MLA spoke in praise of the Budget presented by chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday, Chauhan could not help but contest their claims.

Meanwhile, BJP MLAs alleged that Deputy Speaker’s decision was against the rules of the House proceedings and Chauhan should have been suspended for three days at most.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly V K Malhotra said the transport minister Ramakant Goswami moved a motion to expel Chauhan out of the House, but deputy Speaker expelled him for the entire session.

“This decision is completely against the law as he can only suspend a MLA for three days on such motion. If the MLA continues with the same attitude, then he will be expelled for a week and again if he does not mend his ways, can be expelled for the rest of the session,” Malhotra said.

He said the BJP has already moved two motions against Speaker Yoganand Shastri for his Congress friendly behaviour.

But now the deputy Speaker is also doing the same and added that party will decide on the future strategy after discussing the issue in the next meeting.

Meanwhile, initiating discussion on the Budget, ex-finance minister and BJP senior MLA Jagdish Mukhi said except repeating the promises made years ago, there is nothing new in the budget. Giving an example, Mukhi reminded the House that even last year Dikshit had announced to construct seven government hospitals in Delhi and has repeated the same this year.  Praising the Budget, Uttam Nagar Congress MLA, and Mukesh Sharma said Delhi is the only state in the country to allocate 65 per cent of its Budget allocation for social sector schemes for two consecutive years.

 He said all non-Congress states have been making provision only up to 17 per cent for the purpose.

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