No assembly has right to revoke Rajiv’s Bharat Ratna: Shiela Dikshit

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New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Former Chief Minister of Delhi Shiela Dikshit on Saturday lashed out at Aam Aadmi Party MLAs for demanding revocation of Bharat Ratna for Rajiv Gandhi, saying no state assembly has the right to pass any resolution in the matter as the award is conferred by the Government of India.

“This is not a right of any assembly. The Bharat Ratna, (the highest civilian award) and others are conferred by the Government of India. You (AAP MLAs) do not have a right to pass a resolution,” the Congress leader told media.

She rebuked the party legislators accusing them of not being concerned about the state of Delhi, but about Rajiv Gandhi.

“Why are you doing this? It has been two decades since he was given the award. Why are you raising it now? Do you not have any other things to discuss, the state of Delhi for that matter. You are a state administrator so discuss Delhi, its improvement.. You don’t do that but talk about Rajiv Gandhi,” she said.

An AAP legislator on Friday had demanded that Bharat Ratna conferred on the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi be taken back as he had allegedly justified the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The demand came in the Delhi Assembly as an amendment proposed to a resolution moved by Tilak Nagar MLA Jarnail Singh.

Taking to Twittter later, another party legislator said the resolution amendment was not put to vote and that there was no question of it being passed, so the matter had ended.

“In connection with a dispute about a line on Shri Rajiv Gandhi in the resolution passed in the Assembly today, I confirm that the line was not part of the original resolution distributed to MLAs. Jarnail-ji didn’t propose that amendment and never put that for vote. Amendments are always put to vote separately and unless passed, can’t form part of the resolution,” Bharti said in a series of tweets.

“I further clarify that the amendment I proposed was not put to vote and hence there is no question of passing the same. Hope this settles the dispute,” he added.

— IANS

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