Delhi Assembly ruckus: Congress, BJP condemn jail term for protesters, says it is 'undemocratic'

BJP and Congress on Wednesday criticised the one-month prison term handed to the two visitors, who threw paper missiles in the Delhi Assembly while a session was underway,

PTI June 28, 2017 21:57:20 IST
Delhi Assembly ruckus: Congress, BJP condemn jail term for protesters, says it is 'undemocratic'

New Delhi: Opposition BJP and Congress on Wednesday criticised the one-month prison term handed to the two visitors, who threw paper missiles in the Delhi Assembly while a session was underway, saying it was "against" the spirit of democracy.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said the sentence was "harsh and against the spirit of democratic values".

Delhi Assembly ruckus Congress BJP condemn jail term for protesters says it is undemocratic

File image of Delhi Assembly. PTI

The Assembly witnessed a high drama after the duo, identified as Jagdeep Rana and Rajan Kumar, created a ruckus in the House, following which they were allegedly thrashed by some of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators.

Sitting in the visitors' gallery, Rana and Kumar suddenly started hurling paper missiles while shouting Inquilab Zindabad. The duo also jeered at health minister Satyendar Jain for the "corruption" charges against him and demanded his resignation.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari described the incident as an "outcome of arrogance" of the ruling party leaders.

"Wednesday's violence, following a small incident of a democratic demonstration by the two visitors, shows that the Kejriwal government is averse to any kind of protest," he alleged.

Maken, a former Delhi Assembly Speaker, said the same AAP, which used to stage demonstrations and protests even at the "slightest pretext", handed down a "harsh" punishment to the protesters who were "peacefully" opposing its government.

"The AAP had given membership to a man (Jarnail Singh) who had thrown a slipper at P Chidambaram. He was given a party ticket to contest the Assembly election. This shows the contradiction in the words and deeds of the party," he said.

This shows the contradiction in the words and deeds of the party," he said.

Rana and Kumar were subsequently handed a one-month rigorous jail term by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, the most stringent punishment he could order after the House unanimously adopted a motion moved by AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj in this regard.

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