New Delhi: The Delhi BJP on Wednesday decided to bring a no-confidence motion against Speaker Yoganand Shastri after party MLAs were marshalled out of the Assembly for disrupting the proceedings while demanding a discussion on a Lokayukta report against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The government on Tuesday had rejected Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin's request to "resubmit" its report against Dikshit to the President for review of an earlier decision in a case relating to alleged misrepresentation of facts by her on construction of low-cost flats.
As soon as the House began proceedings, senior BJP leader V K Malhotra along with number of senior party MLAs slammed the government for rejecting the Lokayukta's request and demanded a discussion on the matter.
When Shastri allowed Congress MLA Mukesh Sharma to raise the issue of recent incidents of building collapse while refusing to heed to BJP MLAs demand, the opposition MLAs shouted slogans protesting the Speaker's decision following which the House was adjourned for 20 minutes.
The situation did not change when the House reassembled as BJP legislators continued their protest following which the Speaker ordered the Marshalls to remove them.
"In last four years, out of 84 days of Assembly session, he (Shastri) has kept Opposition members out for almost 40 days. He is not allowing us to raise our issues, we have decided to bring a no-confidence motion against the Speaker," Leader of Opposition, Malhotra said.
He alleged that Shastri was working for the ruling Congress party which was against the parliamentary norms.
Congress said it will bring a breach of privilege motion against Malhotra tomorrow and accused the BJP of not showing "any respect" to the Speaker who occupies a Constitutional post.
In an order in July last year, Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin had sent a recommendation to the President to censure Dikshit for allegedly misrepresenting facts on construction of flats for poor people ahead of the 2008 Delhi Assembly polls.
Then President Pratibha Patil in November last year had "advised" the Urban Development department, which is the nodal agency for construction of low cost flats, to exercise caution in making public announcements while rejecting the recommendation against Dikshit.
The government, in an action taken report tabled in the Assembly on Tuesday, said there was no need to "resubmit" the report of the Lokayukta to the President for reconsideration.
The BJP leader said keeping all the parliamentary norms aside we have seen for the first time that a ruling party is bringing adjournment motions and suspension of question hour.
Malhotra alleged that the Dikshit government was functioning in an autocratic way and was not only misleading the common people but also the President, and was not giving heed to the Lokayukta's suggestions.
"Dikshit, her son Sandeep had claimed that they would make the Lokayukta more powerful with raid and seizure power but they have failed to do so," he said.