Left out of the Winter Session: Speaker suspends BJP MLA OP Sharma after sexist remarks

BJP legislator O.P. Sharma was suspended for the entire winter session of the Delhi assembly for making a sexist remark against AAP legislator Alka Lamba.

A resolution on suspending Sharma, one of the three Bharatiya Janata Party members in the 70-member house, was passed by the assembly. The winter session ends on 28 November.

 Left out of the Winter Session: Speaker suspends BJP MLA OP Sharma after sexist remarks

Ruckus in the Delhi Assembly over the sexist remarks made by O P Sharma. IBNLive

On Tuesday, AAP party workers protested outside the MLA's house with regard to his sexist remarks. O P Sharma represents east Delhi's Vishwas Nagar assembly constituency. BJP leaders have in recent times found themselves embroiled in some controversy or the other. Just last month, on 22 October, a local BJP leader in Daman was suspended from the party for allegedly assaulting a woman councillor, according to an India Today report.

The Hindustan Times quotes the MLA's remarks as "Ye toh Raat Bhar ghumne wali”. According to the Speaker, Ram Niwas Goel, the remarks couldn’t be clearly heard but quoted the BJP MLA as saying that Lamba was a woman who “roams in the night,” the phrase usually has a connotation of a woman of loose morals or a slut.”

This incident occurred during a discussion on the homeless and night shelters. Opposition leader, Vijender Gupta accused the government of not being serious about poor people’s deaths. According to The Hindustan Times, Gupta had claimed that 3000 people had died from March to October and Sisodia alleged that during President's rule, the contract to run shelters was given to a security agency.

Lamba objected to Sharma's remark and said that the cause of the death of homeless people was drugs and not cold. It is after this that Sharma made the remark against Lamba.

with inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Nov 26, 2015 15:40:46 IST