Delhi assembly members fined for creating ruckus


New Delhi : Delhi assembly Speaker Chowdhury Prem Singh Tuesday fined Vijay Jolly and Karan Singh Tanwar of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for creating ruckus in the house Monday.

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Jolly, who represents Saket, was fined Rs.600 for disrupting proceedings of the house and moving a privilege motion without any ground, while Tanwar, who represents Delhi Cantonment, was fined Rs.100 for creating ruckus.

“The message is loud and clear, and I hope the members will refrain from doing such things. The opposition and protests inside and outside should always be democratic and within the laid down norms,” Singh said.

The Delhi cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also approved of the strict action against those found guilty of “vitiating the democratic spirit” in the assembly.

“It was a condemnable incident and I just hope that such things are not repeated at all,” Dikshit told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

The penalty, however, did not go down well with the BJP leaders.

“The members were doing nothing but highlighting the problems like water shortage and regularising all unauthorised constructions through one time amnesty. The situation spiralled out of control only when the ruling party members provoked and misbehaved with our MLAs,” Delhi BJP chief Harshvardhan said.

“The speaker’s ruling is one-sided. The Congress members were spared, though they were responsible for whatever happened in the house,” he added.

The assembly Monday witnessed extraordinary disruptions when the opposition members entered the well during the customary address of Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna at the opening of the budget session.

The agitating members shouted slogans to highlight the water crisis in the city. The situation took an ugly turn with the intervention from the ruling members, leading to scuffles between them.